Past Honorary Degree Recipients
Chairwoman and CEO of CIT Group
CEO of CIT Bank, N.A.
U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
Secretary of the J.T. Tai & Company Foundation
Joseph P. Parkes, S.J.
Provincial Assistant for Secondary and Pre-secondary Education for the Maryland USA Northeast Provinces of the Society of Jesus
Former Fordham Trustee
NBC News 4 New York News Anchor
The Honorable Pamela Chen
United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York
Note: All names denoted by * are Fordham alumni.
2018 Honorary Degree Recipients First Name Last Name Occupation Emanuel Chirico Chairman and CEO of PVH Corp. Patricia Clarkson Award-Winning Actress Sherrilyn Ifill President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. Archbishop of Newark Marianne Kraft Principal of St. Athanasius School Louise Mirrer President and CEO of the New York Historical Society William S. Stavropoulos Former Chairman and CEO of the Dow Chemical Company Peter B. Vaughan Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School of Social Service Anne Wiliams-Isom CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone 2017 Honorary Degree Recipients First Name Last Name Occupation Anne Anderson Ambassador of Ireland to the United States Joseph Cammarosano Professor Emeritus of Economics, Fordham University Anthony Carter Former Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion, and Chief Diversity Officer, Johnson & Johnson Michael Dowling President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwell Health Jane Iannucelli President of the Sisters of Charity Gregory Long Chief Executive Officer and the William C. Steere Sr. President of the New York Botanical Garden Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Head of the Pope’s Council of Cardinals Eric Schneiderman Attorney General of New York 2016 Honorary Degree Recipients First Name Last Name Occupation Judith Altmann Holocaust Survivor; Vice President of the Holocaust Child Survivors of Connecticut Robert Battle Artistic Director, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Gregory Boyle Executive Director, Homeboy Industries Henry Cobb Founding Partner, Pei, Cobb, Freed & Partners; Designer of the Fordham Law School and McKeon Residence Hall Maurice Cunniffe Chairman and CEO, Vista Capital; Fordham University Trustee Emeritus Patricia David Managing Director and Global Head of Diversity, JP Morgan Chase Carol Keehan President and Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Health Association of the United States Loretta Preska Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; Fordham University Trustee Fellow David Skorton Secretary, Smithsonian Institute 2015 Honorary Degree Recipients First Name Last Name Occupation Douglas Brooks Director, White House Office of National AIDS Policy Hage G. Geingob* President, Republic of Namibia Matthew Goldstein Former Chancellor, City University of New York Judith Livingston Senior Partner, Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore William Loschert* Chairman of ACE UK Limited; Nonexecutive Director of ACE Underwriting Agencies; former Fordham Trustee Nana Lordina Dramani Mahama First Lady of the Republic of Ghana Thomas Moore* Senior Partner, Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore Michael Mullen Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Jaime Lucas Cardinal Ortega Archbishop of Havana Eugene Shvidler* Chairman, Millhouse LLC; Executive Chairman, Highland Gold Mining, Ltd. Mary Anne Sullivan* Partner, Hogan Lovells Dennis Walcott* Former Chancellor, New York Public School System 2014 Honorary Degree Recipients First Name Last Name Occupation Stephen Bepler* Senior Vice President, Capital Research Global Investors, former Fordham Trustee Yvonne Cagle US Air Force Officer; NASA Senior Astronaut Physician and Researcher Denny Chin* Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Mary Alice Hannan, OP Former Executive Director, Part of the Solution Nemir Kirdar* Founder, Executive Chairman and CEO, Investcorp Reynold Levy President, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland Constantino Martinez Former Major League Baseball All-Star, New York Yankees Sonia Sotomayor Associate Justice, US Supreme Court; Author Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle Archbishop of Manila Archbishop Rowan Williams 104th Archbishop of Canterbury; Master of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge Archbishop Anastasios Yannoulatos Archbishop of Tirana, Durres, and all Albania 2013 Honorary Degree Recipients First Name Last Name Occupation Kaushik Basu Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Development Economics, World Bank Sally Bellet* President, Stein/Bellet Foundation Preet Bharara US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Dion DiMucci Musician, Dion and the Belmonts Richard Engel Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News Patricia Harris First Deputy Mayor, New York City Paulette LoMonaco, RGS Executive Director, Good Shepherd Services John Tognino* Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pepper Financial Group; former Merrill Lynch executive; former Executive VP, NASDAQ; Chair, Fordham Board of Trustees 2012 Honorary Degree Recipients First Name Last Name Occupation Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser President, United Nations General Assembly Tony Bennett Singer John Brennan* Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Deputy National Security Advisor Michelle DePass* Assistant Administrator, Office of International and Tribal Affairs, US Environmental Protection Agency Timothy Cardinal Dolan Archbishop of New York Eugenie Doyle* Professor Emerita of Pediatric Cardiology, NYU Langone Medical Center Jacqueline Novogratz Founder and CEO, Acumen Fund; Author Phylicia Rashad Tony Award Winning Actress, former Denzel Washington Professor of Theatre, Fordham Edolphus Towns Representative, US Congress; Leader of the Social Work Caucus 2011 Honorary Degree Recipients First Name Last Name Occupation Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III President, Republic of the Philippines Glorya Kaufman Philanthropist; Founder, Glorya Kaufman Dance Foundation Earle I. Mack Arts advocate; businessman; former US Ambassador to Finland Peter Pace Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff George E. Pataki Former Governor, State of New York Steven E. Sanderson President and Chief Executive Officer, Wildlife Conservation Society; former Fordham Trustee Marian Seldes Tony Award winning actress Sviatoslav Shevchuk Head and Father of the Ukrainian Catholic Church Alex Trebek Host, Jeopardy! Brian Williams Anchor and Managing Editor, NBC Nightly News 2010 Honorary Degree Recipients First Name Last Name Occupation Francis M. Campbell United Kingdom Ambassador to the Holy See Miguel Humberto Diaz US Ambassador to the Holy See; former professor of Theology Alfonso J. "Alfy" Fanjul Jr.* Chairman and CEO, Fanjul Corporation John K. Mara* President and Chief Executive Officer, New York Giants Football Mary McAleese President of Ireland Robert M. Morgenthau Former District Attorney of New York County Richard Ravitch Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York
2009 Honorary Degree Recipients First Name Last Name Occupation Archbishop Bartholomew Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch Michael R. Bloomberg Mayor, New York City Tom Brokaw Broadcast Journalist; former Host - Today, NBC Nightly News, Meet the Press Joel I. Klein Chancellor, Department of Education, New York City Justin Yifu Lin Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, World Bank Frank J. Macchiarola Chancellor and former President, St. Francis College Joseph H. Moglia* Chairman, TD Ameritrade; Author Kathryn Wylde President and CEO, Partnership for New York City 2008 Honorary Degree Recipients First Name Last Name Occupation Christina Seix Dow* Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Seix Advisors; former Fordham Trustee John P. Foley, SJ Founder and President, Cristo Rey High Schools Mario J. Gabelli* Founder, Gabelli and Company Zenon Cardinal Grocholewski Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education Ann Mara First Lady of the New York Giants and the NFL Rich Ross* President, Disney Channels Worldwide 2007 Honorary Degree Recipients First Name Last Name Occupation William F. Baker CEO, Educational Broadcasting Corporation John L. Damonti* President, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Archbishop Demetrios Primate, Greek Orthodox Church in America Richard J. Goldstone Chair, Commission of Inquiry Regarding Public Violence and Intimidation in South Africa Catherine R. Kinney President, New York Stock Exchange Archbishop Celestino Migliore Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations Willie Larry Randolph Manager, New York Mets Joseph Volpe Senior Vice President, Giuliani Partners; former General Manager, Metropolitan Opera