Duke University

Past Recipients

Trinity College, which held its first commencement as a degree-granting institution in 1853, granted its first honorary degrees in 1855.  The tradition of awarding honorary degrees continued with the move to Durham and the change to Duke University.

Use the links below to access lists of recipients by decade. 

2000s

1990s

1980s

1970s

1960s

1950s

1940s

1930s

1920s