List of honors and awards received by Bill Clinton

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Secretary of Defense Cohen presents President Clinton the DoD Medal for Distinguished Public Service.
Monumental Clinton statue on Bill Clinton Boulevard in the capital of the Republic of Kosovo.

Bill Clinton served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Before that, he was Governor of the state of Arkansas, and afterwards he has continued life in the public eye.[1] He received many awards and honors throughout his career.

Clinton has received honorary degrees from many colleges and universities, including the following:

Schools have been named for Clinton,[17][18][19] and statues do homage him.[20][21][22] The Clinton Presidential Center was opened in Little Rock, Arkansas in his honor on December 5, 2001.[23] He has been honored in various other ways, in countries that include the Czech Republic,[24] New Guinea,[25] Germany,[26] and Kosovo.[20] U.S. states where he has been honored include Missouri,[27] Arkansas,[28] Kentucky,[29] and New York.[30] He was presented with the Medal for Distinguished Public Service by Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen in 2001.[31]

In 1993, Clinton was selected as Time magazine's "Man of the Year",[32] and again in 1998, along with Ken Starr.[33] From a poll conducted of the American people in December 1999, Clinton was among eighteen included in Gallup's List of Widely Admired People of the 20th century.[34]

In 2000, Princeton University's American Whig-Cliosophic Society awarded him the James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service.[35]

In 2004, he received a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for narrating the Russian National Orchestra's album Wolf Tracks and Peter and the Wolf (along with Mikhail Gorbachev and Sophia Loren) and 2005 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for My Life. In 2005, he received the J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding,[36] and 2007 TED Prize (named for the confluence of technology, entertainment and design).[37]

  • In 2006, Clinton was made a Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu by the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea. He was given the award for "outstanding leadership for the good of mankind ... and his commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS."[38]

On June 2, 2007, Clinton, along with former president George H.W. Bush, received the International Freedom Conductor Award, for their help with the fund raising following the tsunami that devastated South Asia in 2004.[39] On June 13, 2007, Clinton was honored by the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria alongside eight multinational-companies for his work to defeat HIV/AIDS.[40]

On September 9, 2008, Bill Clinton was named as the next chairman of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His term began January 1, 2009, and he succeeded former President George H. W. Bush.[41]

In December 2010, Bill Clinton was named PETA's 2010 person of the year for using his influence "to promote the benefits of following a vegan diet."[42]

On March 15, 2011, Bill Clinton was inducted into Irish America magazine's Irish America Hall of Fame for his crucial role in the Northern Ireland Peace Process.[43]

In April 2013, Bill Clinton was named the inaugural recipient of the honorary Advocate for Change GLAAD Media Award for his record of promoting tolerance of the LGBT community, including advocating for marriage equality in New York in 2011, advocating against Amendment 1 in North Carolina in 2012, and calling for the Supreme Court of the United States to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013.[44][45]


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  2. ^ "Honorary Degrees". UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Faculty Governance. 1993. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Tempulli i dijes: monografi:1970-2012", University of Prishtina, ISBN 978-9951-00-145-8
  4. ^ "Pace University Centennial Kick-Off Event Featuring President William Jefferson Clinton". Pace University. 5 March 2006. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "President Bill Clinton with an honorary doctorate of law". Tulane University. 19 May 2006. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Joel Seguine (March 21, 2007). "Clinton, four more to receive honorary degrees at Commencement". The University Record (University of Michigan). Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Clinton to address graduates, Honorary doctorate will be bestowed". RIT News, Rochester Institute of Technology. May 18, 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Knox College Honorary Degrees". Knox College. 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "HKU Honorary Graduates - 179th Congregation (2008)". The University of Hong Kong. 2008. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  10. ^ "News: President Bill Clinton to receive honorary doctorate from McGill University". McGill University. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Mount Sinai School of Medicine Commencement Honors Leaders in Genetics and Public Health". Mount Sinai School of Medicine. May 13, 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  12. ^ Victoria Guida (April 4, 2011). "University of Central Missouri to award Bill Clinton honorary degree". The Columbia Missourian. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Bill Clinton awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Mediterranean University". Atlas Foundation. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "President Clinton Addresses UCF Graduates". The University of Central Florida. 
  15. ^ "Honorary degree for Bill Clinton". The University of Edinburgh. 
  16. ^ Jackson, David (20 November 2013). "Obama awards Medal of Freedom to Clinton, Oprah, others". USA Today. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "Clinton Elementary". Compton Unified School District. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  18. ^ "William Jefferson Clinton Middle School". Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  19. ^ "Clinton School of Public service". University of Arkansas. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  20. ^ a b "Kosovo unveils Clinton's statue". BBC News. November 1, 2009. Retrieved November 2, 2009. 
  21. ^ "Kosovo to honor Bill Clinton with statue". Reuters. May 23, 2007. Retrieved November 9, 2008. 
  22. ^ Robert Bridge (2 November 2009). "Clinton unveils statue to (guess who?) in Kosovo". Archived from the original on 2012-09-10. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  23. ^ Van Natta, Don, Jr. (June 28, 1999). "Dinner for a Presidential Library, Contributions Welcome". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  24. ^ "List of Individuals Awarded the Order of the White Lion". October 13, 2005. Retrieved August 6, 2009. 
  25. ^ "It's now 'Chief Bill Clinton". UPI. December 3, 2006. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  26. ^ "International Prize of the city of Aachen (German)". Archived from the original on February 6, 2008. 
  27. ^ DeMolay International. "DeMolay Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  28. ^ Purdum, Todd S. (October 17, 2002). "Campaign Season; Another First for Clinton". The New York Times. Retrieved August 6, 2009. 
  29. ^ Kentucky Colonels, Honorable Order of. "Colonels website". Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. Retrieved December 21, 2009. 
  30. ^ Dunlap, David. "Pataki Offers Peek at 9/11 Memorial Progress", The New York Times (November 23, 2004). Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  31. ^ "Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen presents the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service to President Bill Clinton in a ceremonial farewell at Fort Myer, Va., on Jan. 5, 2001.". News Photos. U.S. Department of Defense. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  32. ^ Elizabeth P. Valk (4 January 1993). "From The Publisher: Jan. 4, 1993". Time Magazine. 
  33. ^ Nancy Gibbs (28 December 1998). "Men Of The Year". Time Magazine. 
  34. ^ The Gallup Poll 1999. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources Inc. 1999. pp. 248–249. 
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  36. ^ Fulbright prize to Clinton, 2006[dead link]
  37. ^ "Acceptance speech". 2007-04-04. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  38. ^ "It's now 'Chief Bill Clinton". 3 December 2006. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  39. ^ "International Freedom Conductor Award 2007". Archived from the original on October 10, 2007. Retrieved June 13, 2010. 
  40. ^ "GBC -- News Articles". Archived from the original on May 31, 2008. Retrieved November 9, 2008. 
  41. ^ "Bill Clinton named chairman of Constitution Center". Retrieved September 10, 2008. [dead link]
  42. ^ "Bill Clinton Named PETA's 2010 Person of the Year". Retrieved December 21, 2010. 
  43. ^ O'Dowd, Niall. "Politician, Peacemaker, and Hero to Millions of Irish", Irish America magazine, March 10, 2011. Accessed March 22, 2011. "As a major supporter of the Irish peace process, Bill Clinton moved mountains."
  44. ^ "24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Los Angeles". Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  45. ^ "GLAAD Media Awards To Honor Bill Clinton, Top Hollywood Attorney Steve Warren". 3 April 2013.