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Commencement ceremony patterns have evolved over the last few decades, the current one being the most well received by students, faculty and parents. Read more about the history of commencement at University of Illinois at Chicago.

HONORARY DEGREES 1966 - 2013

2013
Marian wright Edelman, Doctor of Humane Letters (presented at the School of Public Health Ceremony)

2010
N. Scott Momaday, Doctor of Humane Letters (presented at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ceremony)

Sam Pitroda, Doctor of Humane Letters (presented at the College of Medicine Ceremony)

2009
Barbara Schaal, Doctor of Biological Sciences (presented at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ceremony)

2008
Robert McCormich Adams, Doctor of Letters (presented at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences commencement ceremony).

Richard Hill, Doctor of Engineering  (presented at the College of Engineering commencement ceremony).
Walter Netsch, Doctor of Architecture (presented at the College of Architecture and the Arts commencement ceremony).

2007
James Tyree, Doctor of Humane Letters (presented at the College of Medicine commencement ceremony).
Shirley Welsh Ryan, Doctor of Humane Letters  (presented at the College of Nursing commencement ceremony).

No honorary degrees were presented from 2004 - 2006 due to the new commencement model that was adopted which featured individual college commencements.  Honorary degrees were reinstated in 2007.

2003
Friedrich E.P. Hirzebruch, Doctor of Science
Sir Richard Doll, Doctor of Science

2002
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Doctor of Humane Letters
Thomas Wikman, Doctor of Fine Arts

2001
Mrs. Joan W. Harris, Doctor of Fine Arts
Margaret Taylor Burroughs, Doctor of Humane Letters

2000
Leon Despres, Doctor of Humane Lectures
Sue Hendrickson, Doctor of Humane Letters

1999
Jessye Norman, Doctor of Fine Arts
Vivette Ravel Rifkin, Doctor of Humane Letters

1998
Jacob A. Lawrence, Doctor of Fine Arts
Quentin D. Young, Doctor of Humane Letters

1997
Leslie Z. Benet, Doctor of Science
Juan Bosch, Doctor of Arts
Leo Henikoff, Bachelor of Science
Maria Tallchief, Doctor of Fine Arts

1996
Van Rensselaer Potter, Doctor of Science
Nawal El Saadawi, Doctor of Humane Letters

1995
Leon A. Henkin, Doctor of Science
Ramsey E. Lewis, Jr., Doctor of Arts
Ruth Barcan Marcus, Doctor of Humane Letters
Chang-Lin Tien, Doctor of Engineering

1994
Charles Bowsher, Doctor of Science
Dudley Herschbach, Doctor of Science
Merton Miller, Doctor of Science
Hubert Loius Will, Doctor of Social Service

1993
Paulo Friere, Doctor of Humane Letters
Bernard Shaw, Doctor of Letters

1992
Irving Harris, Doctor of Social Service
Lous Sullivan, Doctor of Science

1991
Charles Moore, Doctor of Fine Arts
Otto Wichterle, Doctor of Science

1990
Ardis Kranik, Doctor of Musical Arts
I.M. Singer, Doctor of Science

1989
John Hejduk, Doctor of Humane Letters
A. Leon Higginbothan, Jr, Doctor of Laws
Leon M. Lederman, Doctor of Science
Harriet H. Werley, Doctor of Science
George G. Mostow, Doctor of Science

1988
Gary Stanley Becker, Doctor of Science
Willard L. Boyd, Doctor of Arts
William B. Graham, Doctor of Laws
Frank H. Westheimer, Doctor of Science

1987
Etta Moten Barnett, Doctor of Fine Arts
Amelia Mangay Maglacas, Doctor of Science

1986
Peter Eisenman, Doctor of Fine Arts
Shervert H. Frazier, Doctor of Science
C. Rollins Hanlon, Doctor of Science
Gerhard Levy, Doctor of Science
John Brooks Slaughter, Doctor of Science
Lawrence W. Towner, Doctor of Letters

1985
Archibald Cox, Doctor of Laws
Vernon E. Jordan, Doctor of Laws
Rozella M. Schlotfeldt, Doctor of Science
James B. Wyngaarden, Doctor of Science
Govindappa Venkataswamy, Doctor of Science

1984
Carl B. Dickerson, Doctor of Laws
David A. Hamburg, Doctor of Science
Ruth Page, Doctor of Fine Arts
Donald F. Steiner, Doctor of Science
Daniel J. Terra, Doctor of Fine Arts

1983
Laszlo Lorland, Doctor of Science
Philip M. Klutznick, Doctor of Laws
Louis Sudler, Doctor of Musical Arts
Mary L. Good, Doctor of Science

1982
Emil J. Freireich, Doctor of Science
Arno G. Motulsky, Doctor of Science
Robert Stuart, Doctor of Laws
Louis "Studs" Terkel, Doctor of Humane Letters
Jessie A. Woods, Doctor of Fine Arts

1981
Sidney D. Drell, Doctor of Science
John H. Johnson, Doctor of Laws
Seymour S. Kety, Doctor of Science
John W. Tyler, Doctor of Letters
Lorenz E. Zimmerman, Doctor of Science

1980
Lerone Bennet, Jr., Doctor of Humane Letters
Joseph L. Block, Docter of Laws
Carol Fox, Doctor of Musical Arts
Takeru Higuchi, Doctor of Science
Abner J. Mikva, Doctor of Laws
Mary Kelly Mullane, Doctor of Science
Edmund D. Pellegrino, Doctor of Science

1979
Felix Candela, Doctor of Fine Arts
James T. Farrell, Doctor of Letters
Donald A. Henderson, Doctor of Science
Julius B. Richmond, Doctor of Science

1978
Harry F. Dowling, Doctor of Science
Martin David Kamen, Doctor of Science

1977
Saul Bellow, Doctor of Letters
Cyrus Colter, Doctor of Letters
Fredric a. Gibbs, Doctor of Science
Benny Goodman, Doctor of Fine Arts
Robert Green Sachs, Doctor of Science

1976
Francis J. Gerty, Doctor of Science
Robert Stephen Ingersoll, Doctor of Laws

1975
Walter Earl Barton, Doctor of Science
Gwendolyn Brooks, Doctor of Letters
Rowine Hayes Brooks, Doctor of Science
David Riesman, Doctor of Laws
Joseph Warkany, Doctor of Science

1974
Estella Brodman, Doctor of Science
David Rittenhouse Inglis, Doctor of Science
Rosalyn Yalow, Doctor of Science

1973
Granville Allison Bennet, Doctor of Science
Edward E. David, Jr., Doctor of Engineering
Margaret Baggett Dolan, Doctor of Science
Herman B. Wells (in abstenia), Doctor of Laws

1971
A. Adrian Albert, Doctor of Humane Letters
Derek Curtis Bok, Doctor of Laws
Harry Mark Petrakis, Doctor of Humane Letters
Samuel Weiler Witer, Doctor of Laws

1970
Warren Henry Cole, Doctor of Science
Paul Howard Douglas, Doctor of Laws
John Hope Franklin, Doctor of Humane Letters

1969
Maynard K. Hine, Doctor of Science
William Huffman, Doctor of Science
Warren Sturgis, Doctor of Science

1967
Katherine Ellen Faville, Doctor of Science
Frank Hyneman Knight, Doctor of Humanities
Theodore Kenneth Lawless, Doctor of Science
Raymond White, Doctor of Laws

1966
John Schodd Millis, Doctor of Science
Robert Clifton Weaver, Doctor of Science

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