Honorary Degree Recipients

The 2018 honorary degreee recipient will be posted here once available.

Previous Honorary Degree Recipients

2017

  • Freeman A. Hrabowski III, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

2016

  • Dr. Robert Michael Franklin, Jr., Professor, Emory University & Director of the Religion Department, Chautauqua Institution, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

2015

  • Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, President/CEO, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Michael McCarthy, Principal, King Middle School, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

2014

  • Gregory W. Powell, J.D., CEO/President of Dexter Enterprises, Inc, & Chairman of the Harold Alfond Foundation, Honorary Doctor of Laws

2013

  • Wesley McNair, Poet Laureate of Maine, Honorary Doctor of Letters

2012

  • Chellie Pingree, U.S. Representative, Honorary Doctor of Laws
  • Theodora J. Kalikow, Ph.D., Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

2011

  • Michael Michaud, U.S. Representative, Honorary Doctor of Laws

2010

  • Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D, Honorary Doctor of Science

2009

  • Dr. Rita Colwell, Honorary Doctor of Science

2008

  • Former Governor John McKernan, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Dr. Victor McKusick, Honorary Doctor of Science
  • Vincent McKusick, Honorary Doctor of Laws

2007

  • Neil Rolde, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Bernard Osher, Doctor of Laws

2006

  • Paul Wescott, Doctor of Laws
  • A. Leroy Greason, Ph D, Doctor of Humane Letters

2005

  • Claire Van Ummersen, Doctor of Humane Letters

2004

  • Ambassador Aziz Mekouar, Doctor of Laws

2003

  • Ambassador Christopher R. Thomas, Honorary Doctor of Laws

2002

  • Daniel Wathen (speaker), Doctor of Laws
  • Bettsanne Holmes, Doctor of Laws
  • Wilma Redman, Doctor of Laws

2001

  • Congressman Tom Allen (speaker), U.S. Congressman, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Rev. Franklin Littell, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Owen Wells, Doctor of Laws

2000

  • Jack S. Ketchum, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • William Cotter, Doctor of Humane Letters

1999

  • Susan Collins (speaker), U.S. Senator from Maine, Doctor of Laws
  • Laurence Ianni, Ph.D., Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Si Kahn, Ph.D., Doctor of Health Sciences

1998

  • Admiral Jack Hayes, Doctor of Laws

1997

University Campus:

  • Marvin Wachman, Ph.D. (speaker), Chancellor, Temple University, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Rev. James Ronan, Ph.D., Doctor of Humane Letters

Westbrook College Campus:

  • Patrick Swygert (speaker), Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Mary Grefe, Doctor of Laws

1996

  • Olympia Snowe (speaker), U.S. Senator from Maine, Doctor of Laws
  • Barbara Weisberger, Founder of Pennsylvania Ballet, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Judge Raymond Broderick, Federal Judge, Doctor of Laws

1995

  • Judith Isaacson (speaker), Holocaust Survivor, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Mary Sarton, Author/Poet, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Charlene Rydell, State Legislator, Doctor of Laws
  • Alexander Theroux, Author, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Sister Priscille Roy, Missonary, Doctor of Laws

1994

  • Rev. John Brooks (speaker), Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Antonine Maillet, Ph.D., Doctor of Laws

1993

  • Thomas Andrews (speaker), Doctor of Laws
  • Louis Rabineau, Ed.D. , Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Robert Gardiner, Ph.D., Doctor of Humane Letters

1992

  • Dorothy Cotton (speaker), Doctor of Humane Letters
  • James Williams, Jr., Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Rudolfo Anaya, Doctor of Humane Letters

1991

  • Marie Gadsden, Ph.D., Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Nancy T. Watts, Ph.D. , Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Honorable Robert E. White, Doctor of Humane Letters

1990

  • George Mitchell (speaker), Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Gene Leroy Schwilck, Doctor of Humane Letters

1989

  • Wilson Hurley, L.L.D., Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Andrew McGuire (speaker), Doctor of Humane Letters
  • A. Poulin, Jr., Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Gavin Ruotolo, Doctor of Humane Letters

1988

  • Dr. David Matthews (speaker), Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Dr. Audrey Cohen, Doctor of Humane Letters

1987

  • Marian Wright Edelman Daniel B. Merriam, Master of Humane Letters
  • Matina Souretis Horner, Ph.D., Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Dodge Morgan (speaker), Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Anthony Gelardi & Paul Gelardi Doctor of Economics
  • James L. Moody Jr., Doctor of Economics

1986

  • Wilma Pearl Mankiller (speaker), Doctor of Humane Letters

1985

  • Associate Justice Caroline D. Glassman, Doctor of Laws
  • Ms. Eunice Spooner, Master of Humane Letters

1984

  • Governor Joseph E. Brennan (speaker), Doctor of Economics
  • Francis T. Spencer, Doctor of Economics
  • Marguerite Kyte, Doctor of Humane Letters

1983

  • Henry W. Aplington, Jr., Ph.D., Doctor of Science
  • Arthur Elliott Levine (speaker), Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Conrad Grondin, Doctor of Economics

1982

  • Geoffrey Peter Faux, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Bruce Hangen, Degree of Fine Arts
  • Dr. Kingsley Kay, Doctor of Science
  • James Russell Wiggins (speaker), Doctor of Humane Letters

1981

  • Honorable William S. Cohen (speaker), Doctor of Laws
  • Elsa Marie Meder, Ph.D., Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Charles W. Sauter, II, D.O., Doctor of Humane Letters

1980

  • William J. Caldwell (speaker), Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Honorable Elmont S. Tyndale, Doctor of Humane Letters

1979

  • F. Stephen Larrabee, Ph.D. (speaker), Doctor of Humane Letters

1978

  • Benjamin M. Ziegler, Ph.D. (speaker), Doctor of Humane Letters

1977

  • Mary D. Merrill, Distinguished Service Award, (No Honorary Degree Offered)

1976

  • Robert J. Lurtsema, B.S., Doctor of Humane Letters

1975

  • Dr. Scott Nearing (speaker), Doctor of Humane Letters
  • William F. Kearns Jr., Doctor of Public Service

1974

  • Robert E. L. Strider, Ph.D., President of Colby College, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • The Honorable William B. Hathaway, U.S. Senator from Maine, Doctor of Laws
  • Reverend Paul C. Reinert (speaker), President of St. Louis University, Doctor of Humane Letters

1973

  • Rev. Robert J. White, Msgr., Doctor of Laws
  • The Honorable Edward Thaxter Gignoux, Doctor of Laws
  • Dr. Kenneth E. Eble (speaker), Doctor of Humane Letters

1972

  • Dr. Richard Weigle(speaker), President of St. John's University, Doctor of Humane Letters

1971

  • The Honorable Kenneth M. Curtis (speaker), Doctor of Laws
  • The Honorable Thomas J. Paolino, Assoc. Justice of Supreme Court of Rhode Island, Doctor of Laws
  • William S. Huber, Professor Emeritus at Rhode Island School of Design, Doctor of Laws

1970

  • Dr. Edward Y. Blewett, President of Westbrook Junior College, Doctor of Laws
  • Sterling Dow, Ph.D., Professor of Archeology at Harvard College, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • The Honorable James L. Farmer (speaker), Asst. Secretary, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Doctor of Humane Letters

1969

  • The Honorable Frank Licht (speaker), Governor of Rhode Island and Providence Plantation, Doctor of Laws
  • Rt. Rev. Frederick Barton Wolf, Episcopal Diocese of Maine, Doctor of Laws
  • Mr. Waldemar A. Roebuck, President of North American Federation of the Third Order of St. Francis, Doctor of Humane Letters

1968

  • Mr. Edwin D. Canham (speaker), Editor-in-Chief, Christian Science Monitor, Doctor of Laws
  • Rt. Rev. Msgr Adrien G. Verrette, Pastor, St. Georgie's Church, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Mr. Carl Burton Stokes, Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, Doctor of Law

1967

  • The Most Rev. Peter Leo Gerety, Coadjutor Bishop of Portland, Doctor of Laws
  • Dr. Donald M. MacKenzie (speaker), President of Park College, Doctor of Laws

1966

  • Mr. Lionel B. Kavanagh, President of Standard Tool Company, Doctor of Science
  • Rev. Bernard Haring (speaker), Department of Religious Studies, Brown University, Doctor of Laws

1965

  • Mr. J. Henri Goguen, President General of L'Union St-Jean-Baptiste d'Amerique, Doctor of Laws
  • Most Rev. Ernest Primeau (speaker), Bishop of Manchester, Doctor of Laws
  • Rev. Sister M. Carmel Therriault, President of St. Joseph's College, Doctor of Education
  • Bro. Cajetan J. B. Baumann, O.F.M., Doctor of ScienceMr. Harold D. Carroll, Esq., Doctor of Laws
  • Very Rev. Luke M. Chabot, O.F.M. Minister Provincial, Doctor of Laws

1964

  • Rt. Rev. Msgr. Armand E. Cyr, Holy Rosary Rectory, Doctor of Education
  • Dr. John W. McDeVitt (speaker), Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Doctor of Laws

1963

  • Rev. Georges-Albert Laplante, O.F.M. Doctor of Letters
  • Dr. Robert H. McCarn Doctor of Letters
  • Dr. Philip Lambert (speaker)

1962

  • Most Rev. Daniel J. Feeney, Bishop of Portland, Doctor of Laws
  • Rev. Fernand Porter, O.F.M., Doctor of Letters

1961

  • Joseph E. Sullivan, Sr., Doctor of Letters
  • Senator Edmund S. Muskie, Doctor of Law
  • Dr. Joseph R. Larochelle, Doctor of Letters
  • Rev. Edward V. Stanford (speaker), Doctor of Education