Recent Recipients

 

Commencement, May 8, 2017

  • Taylor Branch, Litt.D., Historian and Author
  • Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, Sc.D., Anthropologist and Primatologist
  • Claes Tingvall, Sc.D., Epidemiologist and Safety Pioneer
  • Natasha Trethewey, Litt.D., Poet and Scholar

Commencement, May 9, 2016

  • Raymond Danowski, L.H.D., Fine Arts Dealer and Poetry Collector
  • Temple Grandin, Litt.D., Animal Behaviorist and Autism Expert
  • Amartya Sen, Litt.D., Economist and Nobel Laureate

Commencement, May 11, 2015

  • Shirley Franklin, LL.D., Community Leader and Former Atlanta Mayor
  • Billy E. Frye 54G 56PhD, Litt.D., Alumnus, Educator, and Renowned Administrator
  • R. Randall Rollins, L.H.D., Business Leader and Philanthropist
  • Salman Rushdie, Litt.D., Author, Professor, and Human Rights Advocate

Commencement, May 12, 2014

  • Ben F. Johnson III, LL.D., Son of Emory and Champion of Civil Society
  • John Lewis, LL.D., Congressman and Civil Rights Hero
  • Beverly Daniel Tatum, L.H.D., Psychologist and Spelman College President

Commencement, May 13, 2013

  • Marguerite Barankitse, L.H.D., Humanitarian, Guardian, Peacemaker
  • Rita Dove, Litt.D., Poet, Professor, Advocate of the Arts
  • Michael Graves, D.F.A., Eminent Architect and Designer

Commencement, May 14, 2012

  • Camille Billops, L.H.D., Artist, Innovator, Patron of the Arts
  • Benjamin S. Carson Sr., L.H.D., Physician, Mentor, Leader
  • James V. Hatch, Litt.D., Historian, Collector, Patron of the Arts
  • Catharine R. Stimpson, Litt.D., Author, Scholar, Teacher
  • Muhammad Yunus, Litt.D., Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Advocate, Visionary

Commencement, May 9, 2011

  • William R. Beardslee, Sc.D., Physician, Researcher, Mental Health Advocate
  • Janet Napolitano, LL.D., Public Servant, Lawyer, Leader
  • Martha Nussbaum, L.H.D., Scholar, Teacher, Philosopher
  • George Trakas, L.H.D., Landscape Artist, Sculptor, Environmentalist
Commencement, May 10, 2010
  • Donald M. Berwick, Sc.D., Physician, Health Care Advocate, Visionary
  • Melissa Fay Greene, Litt.D., Writer, Chronicler, Social Activist
  • Joseph Echols Lowery, D.D., Peacemaker, Leader, Human Rights Activist
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, LL.D., Public Servant, Environmentalist, Philanthropist
  • James D. Wolfensohn, L.H.D., International Business Leader, Humanitarian, Patron of the Arts
Commencement, May 11, 2009
  • Nancy Cantor, LL.D., Scholar, Teacher, Leader
  • Vicente Fox, LL.D., Diplomat, Collaborator, Visionary
  • David Satcher, Sc.D., Physician, Scientist, Advocate
  • Robert Spano, Mus.D., Conductor, Artist, Innovator
Commencement, May 12, 2008
  • Mary Jane England, Sc.D., Educator, Visionary, Advocate
  • Ernest J. Gaines, L.H.D., Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Humanitarian
  • Bernard Marcus, L.H.D., Writer, Humanist, Teacher
  • Edward O. Wilson, Sc.D., Scientist, Scholar, Innovator