Alumni Relations

Honorary Degrees

Gallery of Honorees

Honorary degrees are granted to those of great scholarly or artistic achievement. They must be approved by the Faculty Committee on Honorary Degrees, the President of the University, and the Board of Trustees. For a complete list of honorary degrees awarded by the University of Rochester, please click here.


2017
Chick Corea
Steve Gadd


2015
Robert Freeman


2014
Sir James Galway
Itzhak Perlman
Andre Previn
Mark Volpe


2013
Douglas Lowry
Jessye Norman


2012
George Walker


2011
Renée Fleming


2010
Ron Carter


2009
Christopher Seaman


2008
David Brubeck


2007
Marian McPartland


2006
Joseph Turrin


2001
John T. Williams


2000
Catharine (Gleason) Crozier


1998
Teresa Stratas
Christoph von Dohnanyi


1997
Milton Babbitt


1996
Robert D. Levin
Norio Ohga
David Joel Zinman


1994
Leonard Slatkin


1991
Alice Tully


1990
Maxwell Lemuel Roach


1989
Nicolas Slonimsky


1988
Fredrick Fennell
William Warfield


1987
Georg Solti


1985
Charles Frank Mangione


1981
Donald J. Grout


1978
Allen Forte


1976
Aaron Copland


1974
Goddard Lieberson


1973
Edward T. Cone
Fernand Gillet
Ralph Kirkpatrick
Alec Wilder


1972
Krzysztof Penderecki
William Schuman
Rudolph Serkin
Isaac Stern
Shinichi Suzuki


1959
Joseph Edgar Maddy


1958
Alan Hovhaness


1956
Ernest MacMillan


1955
Harold Spivacke


1954
Herbert Elwell


1952
Guy Fraser Harrison


1951
Fred Waring


1949
Ettore Massoleni


1948
Victor Alessandro


1947
Douglas Stuart Moore


1946
Roy Ellsworth Harris


1944
Quincy Porter


1942
Ernest Hutcheson


1941
Frederick August Stock


1940
Serge Koussevitsky


1939
Deems Taylor


1938
Rudolph Ganz


1934
Leo Sowerby


1933
Randall Thompson


1932
Daniel Gregory Mason


1929
Earl Vincent Moore