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Past Honorary Degree Recipients

2018 Recipients

Emanuel Chirico
Chairman and CEO of PVH Corp.

Patricia Clarkson
FCLC ’82
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
PHA ’61
Former Chairman and CEO of the Dow Chemical Company

Peter B. Vaughan
Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School of Social Service

Anne Williams-Isom
FCLC ’86
CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone

2010 - 2017

Note: All names denoted by * are Fordham alumni.

2017 Honorary Degree Recipients
First Name Last Name Degree Occupation
Anne Anderson L.H.D. Ambassador of Ireland to the United States
Joseph Cammarosano L.H.D. Professor Emeritus of Economics, Fordham University
Anthony Carter L.H.D. Former Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion, and Chief Diversity Officer, Johnson & Johnson
Michael Dowling L.H.D. President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwell Health
Jane Iannucelli L.H.D. President of the Sisters of Charity
Gregory Long L.H.D. Chief Executive Officer and the William C. Steere Sr. President of the New York Botanical Garden
Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga S.D.B., L.H.D. Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Head of the Pope’s Council of Cardinals
Eric Schneiderman S.J.D. Attorney General of New York
2016 Honorary Degree Recipients
First Name Last Name Degree Occupation
Judith Altmann L.H.D. Holocaust Survivor; Vice President of the Holocaust Child Survivors of Connecticut
Robert Battle D.F.A. Artistic Director, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Gregory Boyle L.H.D. Executive Director, Homeboy Industries
Henry Cobb D.F.A. Founding Partner, Pei, Cobb, Freed & Partners; Designer of the Fordham Law School and McKeon Residence Hall
Maurice Cunniffe L.H.D. Chairman and CEO, Vista Capital; Fordham University Trustee Emeritus
Patricia David L.H.D. Managing Director and Global Head of Diversity, JP Morgan Chase
Carol Keehan L.H.D. President and Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Health Association of the United States
Loretta Preska S.J.D. Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; Fordham University Trustee Fellow
David Skorton L.H.D. Secretary, Smithsonian Institute
2015 Honorary Degree Recipients
First Name Last Name Degree Occupation
Douglas Brooks L.H.D. Director, White House Office of National AIDS Policy
Hage G. Geingob* L.H.D. President, Republic of Namibia
Matthew Goldstein L.H.D. Former Chancellor, City University of New York
Judith Livingston L.L.D. Senior Partner, Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore
William Loschert* L.H.D. Chairman of ACE UK Limited; Nonexecutive Director of ACE Underwriting Agencies; former Fordham Trustee
Nana Lordina Dramani Mahama L.H.D. First Lady of the Republic of Ghana
Thomas Moore* L.L.D. Senior Partner, Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore
Michael Mullen L.H.D. Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Jaime Lucas Cardinal Ortega L.H.D. Archbishop of Havana
Eugene Shvidler* L.H.D. Chairman, Millhouse LLC; Executive Chairman, Highland Gold Mining, Ltd.
Mary Anne Sullivan* L.L.D. Partner, Hogan Lovells
Dennis Walcott* L.H.D. Former Chancellor, New York Public School System
2014 Honorary Degree Recipients
First Name Last Name Degree Occupation
Stephen Bepler* L.H.D. Senior Vice President, Capital Research Global Investors, former Fordham Trustee
Yvonne Cagle L.H.D. US Air Force Officer; NASA Senior Astronaut Physician and Researcher
Denny Chin* L.L.D. Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Mary Alice Hannan, OP L.H.D. Former Executive Director, Part of the Solution
Nemir Kirdar* L.H.D. Founder, Executive Chairman and CEO, Investcorp
Reynold Levy L.H.D. President, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin L.H.D. Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland
Constantino Martinez L.H.D. Former Major League Baseball All-Star, New York Yankees
Sonia Sotomayor L.L.D. Associate Justice, US Supreme Court; Author
Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle L.H.D. Archbishop of Manila
Archbishop Rowan Williams L.H.D. 104th Archbishop of Canterbury; Master of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge
Archbishop Anastasios Yannoulatos L.H.D. Archbishop of Tirana, Durres, and all Albania
2013 Honorary Degree Recipients
First Name Last Name Degree Occupation
Kaushik Basu L.H.D. Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Development Economics, World Bank
Sally Bellet* L.L.D. President, Stein/Bellet Foundation
Preet Bharara L.L.D. US Attorney for the Southern District of New York
Dion DiMucci L.H.D. Musician, Dion and the Belmonts
Richard Engel L.H.D. Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News
Patricia Harris L.H.D. First Deputy Mayor, New York City
Paulette LoMonaco, RGS L.H.D. Executive Director, Good Shepherd Services
John Tognino* L.H.D. 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 Degree Occupation
Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser L.L.D. President, United Nations General Assembly
Tony Bennett L.H.D. Singer
John Brennan* L.H.D. Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Deputy National Security Advisor
Michelle DePass* L.H.D. Assistant Administrator, Office of International and Tribal Affairs, US Environmental Protection Agency
Timothy Cardinal Dolan L.H.D. Archbishop of New York
Eugenie Doyle* L.H.D. Professor Emerita of Pediatric Cardiology, NYU Langone Medical Center
Jacqueline Novogratz L.H.D. Founder and CEO, Acumen Fund; Author
Phylicia Rashad L.H.D. Tony Award Winning Actress, former Denzel Washington Professor of Theatre, Fordham
Edolphus Towns L.H.D. Representative, US Congress; Leader of the Social Work Caucus
2011 Honorary Degree Recipients
First Name Last Name Degree Occupation
Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III L.L.D. President, Republic of the Philippines
Glorya Kaufman L.H.D. Philanthropist; Founder, Glorya Kaufman Dance Foundation
Earle I. Mack L.L.D. Arts advocate; businessman; former US Ambassador to Finland
Peter Pace L.H.D. Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
George E. Pataki L.L.D. Former Governor, State of New York
Steven E. Sanderson Sc.D. President and Chief Executive Officer, Wildlife Conservation Society; former Fordham Trustee
Marian Seldes L.H.D. Tony Award winning actress
Sviatoslav Shevchuk L.H.D. Head and Father of the Ukrainian Catholic Church
Alex Trebek L.H.D. Host, Jeopardy!
Brian Williams L.H.D. Anchor and Managing Editor, NBC Nightly News
2010 Honorary Degree Recipients
First Name Last Name Degree Occupation
Francis M. Campbell L.H.D. United Kingdom Ambassador to the Holy See
Miguel Humberto Diaz L.H.D. US Ambassador to the Holy See; former professor of Theology
Alfonso J. "Alfy" Fanjul Jr.* L.H.D. Chairman and CEO, Fanjul Corporation
John K. Mara* L.L.D. President and Chief Executive Officer, New York Giants Football
Mary McAleese L.L.D. President of Ireland
Robert M. Morgenthau L.L.D. Former District Attorney of New York County
Richard Ravitch L.L.D. Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York

2007 - 2009

2009 Honorary Degree Recipients
First Name Last Name Degree Occupation
Archbishop Bartholomew L.L.D. Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch
Michael R. Bloomberg L.H.D. Mayor, New York City
Tom Brokaw L.H.D. Broadcast Journalist; former Host - Today, NBC Nightly News, Meet the Press
Joel I. Klein L.L.D. Chancellor, Department of Education, New York City
Justin Yifu Lin L.H.D. Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, World Bank
Frank J. Macchiarola L.H.D. Chancellor and former President, St. Francis College
Joseph H. Moglia* L.H.D. Chairman, TD Ameritrade; Author
Kathryn Wylde L.H.D. President and CEO, Partnership for New York City
2008 Honorary Degree Recipients
First Name Last Name Degree Occupation
Christina Seix Dow* L.H.D. Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Seix Advisors; former Fordham Trustee
John P. Foley, SJ L.H.D. Founder and President, Cristo Rey High Schools
Mario J. Gabelli* L.H.D. Founder, Gabelli and Company
Zenon Cardinal Grocholewski L.H.D. Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education
Ann Mara L.H.D. First Lady of the New York Giants and the NFL
Rich Ross* L.L.D. President, Disney Channels Worldwide
2007 Honorary Degree Recipients
First Name Last Name Degree Occupation
William F. Baker L.H.D. CEO, Educational Broadcasting Corporation
John L. Damonti* L.H.D. President, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation
Archbishop Demetrios L.H.D. Primate, Greek Orthodox Church in America
Richard J. Goldstone L.L.D. Chair, Commission of Inquiry Regarding Public Violence and Intimidation in South Africa
Catherine R. Kinney L.H.D. President, New York Stock Exchange
Archbishop Celestino Migliore L.H.D. Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations
Willie Larry Randolph L.H.D. Manager, New York Mets
Joseph Volpe L.H.D. Senior Vice President, Giuliani Partners; former General Manager, Metropolitan Opera