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Past Honorary Degree Recipients

2017 Recipients

Óscar Andrés Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga, S.D.B.
Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Head of the Pope’s Council of Cardinals

Anne Anderson
Ambassador of Ireland to the United States

Joseph Cammarosano, FCO ’47, GSAS ’56
Professor Emeritus of Economics, Fordham University

Anthony P. Carter, FCO ‘76
Former Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion, and Chief Diversity Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Michael J. Dowling, GSS ’74
President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwell Health

Jane Iannucelli, S.C.
President of the Sisters of Charity

Gregory Long
Chief Executive Officer and the William C. Steere Sr. President of the New York Botanical Garden

Eric Schneiderman
Attorney General of New York

Past Recipients (2007-2016)

Note: All names denoted by * are Fordham alumni.


First Name Last Name Degree Occupation
Judith Altmann LHD Holocaust Survivor; Vice President of the Holocaust Child Survivors of Connecticut
Robert Battle DFA Artistic Director, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Gregory Boyle LHD Executive Director, Homeboy Industries
Henry Cobb DFA Founding Partner, Pei, Cobb, Freed & Partners; Designer of the Fordham Law School and McKeon Residence Hall
Maurice Cunniffe LHD Chairman and CEO, Vista Capital; Fordham University Trustee Emeritus
Patricia David LHD Managing Director and Global Head of Diversity, JP Morgan Chase
Carol Keehan LHD President and Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Health Association of the United States
Loretta Preska SJD Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; Fordham University Trustee Fellow
David Skorton LHD Secretary, Smithsonian Institute


First Name Last Name Degree Occupation
Douglas Brooks LHD Director, White House Office of National AIDS Policy
Hage G. Geingob* LHD President, Republic of Namibia
Matthew Goldstein LHD Former Chancellor, City University of New York
Judith Livingston LLD Senior Partner, Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore
William Loschert* LHD Chairman of ACE UK Limited; Nonexecutive Director of ACE Underwriting Agencies; former Fordham Trustee
Nana Lordina Dramani Mahama LHD First Lady of the Republic of Ghana
Thomas Moore* LLD Senior Partner, Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore
Michael Mullen LHD Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Jaime Lucas Cardinal Ortega LHD Archbishop of Havana
Eugene Shvidler* LHD Chairman, Millhouse LLC; Executive Chairman, Highland Gold Mining, Ltd.
Mary Anne Sullivan* LLD Partner, Hogan Lovells
Dennis Walcott* LHD Former Chancellor, New York Public School System


First Name Last Name Degree Occupation
Stephen Bepler* LHD Senior Vice President, Capital Research Global Investors, former Fordham Trustee
Yvonne Cagle LHD US Air Force Officer; NASA Senior Astronaut Physician and Researcher
Denny Chin* LLD Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Mary Alice Hannan, OP LHD Former Executive Director, Part of the Solution
Nemir Kirdar* LHD Founder, Executive Chairman and CEO, Investcorp
Reynold Levy LHD President, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin LHD Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland
Constantino Martinez LHD Former Major League Baseball All-Star, New York Yankees
Sonia Sotomayor LLD Associate Justice, US Supreme Court; Author
Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle LHD Archbishop of Manila
Archbishop Rowan Williams LHD 104th Archbishop of Canterbury; Master of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge
Archbishop Anastasios Yannoulatos LHD Archbishop of Tirana, Durres, and all Albania


First Name Last Name Degree Occupation
Kaushik Basu LHD Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Development Economics, World Bank
Sally Bellet* LLD President, Stein/Bellet Foundation
Preet Bharara LLD US Attorney for the Southern District of New York
Dion DiMucci LHD Musician, Dion and the Belmonts
Richard Engel LHD Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News
Patricia Harris LHD First Deputy Mayor, New York City
Paulette LoMonaco, RGS LHD Executive Director, Good Shepherd Services
John Tognino* LHD Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pepper Financial Group; former Merrill Lynch executive; former Executive VP, NASDAQ; Chair, Fordham Board of Trustees


First Name Last Name Degree Occupation
Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser LLD President, United Nations General Assembly
Tony Bennett LHD Singer
John Brennan* LHD Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Deputy National Security Advisor
Michelle DePass* LHD Assistant Administrator, Office of International and Tribal Affairs, US Environmental Protection Agency
Timothy Cardinal Dolan LHD Archbishop of New York
Eugenie Doyle* LHD Professor Emerita of Pediatric Cardiology, NYU Langone Medical Center
Jacqueline Novogratz LHD Founder and CEO, Acumen Fund; Author
Phylicia Rashad LHD Tony Award Winning Actress, former Denzel Washington Professor of Theatre, Fordham
Edolphus Towns LHD Representative, US Congress; Leader of the Social Work Caucus


First Name Last Name Degree Occupation
Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III LLD President, Republic of the Philippines
Glorya Kaufman LHD Philanthropist; Founder, Glorya Kaufman Dance Foundation
Earle I. Mack LLD Arts advocate; businessman; former US Ambassador to Finland
Peter Pace LHD Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
George E. Pataki LLD Former Governor, State of New York
Steven E. Sanderson ScD President and Chief Executive Officer, Wildlife Conservation Society; former Fordham Trustee
Marian Seldes LHD Tony Award winning actress
Sviatoslav Shevchuk LHD Head and Father of the Ukrainian Catholic Church
Alex Trebek LHD Host, Jeopardy!
Brian Williams LHD Anchor and Managing Editor, NBC Nightly News


First Name Last Name Degree Occupation
Francis M. Campbell LHD United Kingdom Ambassador to the Holy See
Miguel Humberto Diaz LHD US Ambassador to the Holy See; former professor of Theology
Alfonso J. "Alfy" Fanjul Jr.* LHD Chairman and CEO, Fanjul Corporation
John K. Mara* LLD President and Chief Executive Officer, New York Giants Football
Mary McAleese LLD President of Ireland
Robert M. Morgenthau LLD Former District Attorney of New York County
Richard Ravitch LLD Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York


First Name Last Name Degree Occupation
Archbishop Bartholomew LLD Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch
Michael R. Bloomberg LHD Mayor, New York City
Tom Brokaw LHD Broadcast Journalist; former Host - Today, NBC Nightly News, Meet the Press
Joel I. Klein LLD Chancellor, Department of Education, New York City
Justin Yifu Lin LHD Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, World Bank
Frank J. Macchiarola LHD Chancellor and former President, St. Francis College
Joseph H. Moglia* LHD Chairman, TD Ameritrade; Author
Kathryn Wylde LHD President and CEO, Partnership for New York City


First Name Last Name Degree Occupation
Christina Seix Dow* LHD Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Seix Advisors; former Fordham Trustee
John P. Foley, SJ LHD Founder and President, Cristo Rey High Schools
Mario J. Gabelli* LHD Founder, Gabelli and Company
Zenon Cardinal Grocholewski LHD Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education
Ann Mara LHD First Lady of the New York Giants and the NFL
Rich Ross* LLD President, Disney Channels Worldwide


First Name Last Name Degree Occupation
William F. Baker LHD CEO, Educational Broadcasting Corporation
John L. Damonti* LHD President, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation
Archbishop Demetrios LHD Primate, Greek Orthodox Church in America
Richard J. Goldstone LLD Chair, Commission of Inquiry Regarding Public Violence and Intimidation in South Africa
Catherine R. Kinney LHD President, New York Stock Exchange
Archbishop Celestino Migliore LHD Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations
Willie Larry Randolph LHD Manager, New York Mets
Joseph Volpe LHD Senior Vice President, Giuliani Partners; former General Manager, Metropolitan Opera