List of recipients of honorary degrees from Central Connecticut State University
Central Connecticut State University has awarded 54 honorary doctoral degrees since 1985. Awardees have included the CEOs or Chairmen of six major corporations, eight heads of state, and a variety of others. About half of these degrees have been awarded at commencement exercises at the university, and in most such cases, the conferee has given the commencement address.
Although significant non-degree honors have historically been awarded by the institution, honorary doctorates were not conferred until after Central Connecticut State College was renamed Central Connecticut State University in 1983. U.S. President Jimmy Carter became the first recipient on April 16, 1985, receiving a Doctor of Humane Letters.
List of Recipients
|Shigenori Adachihara‡||Mayor, Atsugi City, Japan||05/23/1990||L.H.D.|
|Rt. Rev. Justice Akrofi†||Bishop of Accra, Ghana||05/18/2000||L.H.D.|
|József Antall, Jr.||Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary||09/30/1991||LL.D.|
|Leszek Balcerowicz||Professor, Warsaw School of Economics and former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland||5/21/2011||Sc.D.|
|Ernest L. Boyer||President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching||10/05/1987||L.H.D.|
|J. William Burns||Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Transportation||01/03/1995||LL.D.|
|George H. W. Busha||President of the United States||03/11/1999||LL.D.|
|George W. Bush||President of the United States||04/18/2001||LL.D.|
|Alexander M. Butman||Executive Director, Emergency Training Institute||04/28/1994||Sc.D.|
|Dave Campo†||Head Coach, Dallas Cowboys||05/22/1999||D.H.P.Ed.|
|Jimmy Cartera||President of the United States||04/16/1985||L.H.D.|
|Noam Chomsky||Professor of Linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology||11/04/2003||L.H.D.|
|Young Seek Choue‡||Chancellor, Kyung Hee University||10/22/1991||L.H.D.|
|Chungwon Choue‡||President, Kyung Hee University||05/23/1998||L.H.D.|
|Mong Koo Chung||Chairman, Hyundai Precision and Industry Company||05/26/1989||L.H.D.|
|Simon A. Clarke||Education Advisor to UNESCO||05/24/1991||L.H.D.|
|Lemuel Rodney Custis||Capitan (Connecticut Tuskegee Airman)||05/26/2001||L.H.D.|
|Donald W. Davis||Chairman, The Stanley Works||05/26/1989||L.H.D.|
|Rainer Dieterich||Universität der Bundeswehr, Hamburg||05/25/2002||Sc.D.|
|Bruno Ficili||Commissioner of Education, Siracusa, Sicily||10/23/1996||L.H.D.|
|Gerald R. Forda||President of the United States||03/23/1988||L.H.D.|
|Mary Hatwood Futrell||President, National Education Association||10/04/1988||L.H.D.|
|Joseph J. Grano, Jr.||Chairman and CEO, Centurion Holdings, LLC||05/19/2007||L.H.D.|
|Harry Jack Gray||Chairman and CEO, United Technologies Corporation||05/17/1985||D.S.Sc|
|Edward T. Hall||1st Lieutenant (Connecticut Tuskegee Airman)||05/26/2001||L.H.D.|
|E. Dorrit Hoffleit||Senior Research Astronomer Emeritus, Yale University||10/20/1998||Sc.D.|
|Benjamin L. Hooks||Executive Director, NAACP||05/20/1988||L.H.D.|
|C. J. Huang||Chairman, C. J. Huang Foundation||05/10/1990||L.H.D.|
|F. Don James||CCSU President Emeritus||10/16/2003||L.H.D.|
|Eric Jensen||Deputy to the Under-Secretary-General, United Nations||05/27/1993||L.H.D.|
|Peter G. Kelly||Senior Principal, Updike, Kelly & Spellacy||02/25/2003||LL.D.|
|Jeane Kirkpatricka||United States Representative to the United Nations||04/04/1991||L.H.D.|
|Henry A. Kissingera||Secretary of State of the United States||03/24/1987||D.S.Sc.|
|Michael S. Knapp†||President and CEO, CitiFinancial||05/25/2002||D.C.Sc.|
|Phyllis Macpherson-Russell†||Minister of Education, Jamaica||12/04/1999||Sc.D.|
|Frances P. Mainella†||Director, National Park Service||05/23/2002||D.P.S.|
|Paul J. McQuillan,||Attorney, Januszewski, McQuillan & DeNigris||02/23/2004||D.C.J.|
|George J. Mitchella||U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader||04/12/2000||LL.D.|
|Brian Mulroneya||Prime Minister of Canada||04/26/1994||D.S.Sc.|
|Connie Nappier, Jr.||Flight Officer (Connecticut Tuskegee Airman)||05/26/2001||L.H.D.|
|Antonia Coello Novello||Surgeon General of the United States||05/28/1993||Sc.D.|
|Vincent O’Leary||President, State University of New York at Albany||05/28/1994||D.S.Sc.|
|Rabbi Henry Okolica||CCSU Campus Clergy||05/22/2003||D.P.S.|
|Irma Margarita Nevares de Rosselló||First Lady of Puerto Rico||05/20/1999||L.H.D.|
|Franz J. Rothenbiller||Lord Mayor of Rastatt, Baden-Württemberg, Germany||06/06/1991||L.H.D.|
|Helmut Schmidta||Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany||04/28/1993||L.H.D.|
|Angelo Tomasso, Jr.||Chairman and CEO, Tilcon, Inc||05/25/1990||L.H.D.|
|Francis T. Vincent, Jr.a||Commissioner, Major League Baseball||04/28/1992||L.H.D.|
|Cecile A. Walden||Principal, Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College, Montego Bay, Jamaica||05/27/2004||Ped.D.|
|Lech Wałęsaa||President of Poland||04/10/1996||L.H.D.|
|Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.||US Senator and Governor of Connecticut||05/27/2009||D.P.S.|
|Bertram W. Wilson||Lieutenant Colonel (Connecticut Tuskegee Airman)||05/26/2001||L.H.D.|
|Andrzej Wiszniewski||Rector, Technical University of Wrocław||05/28/1993||Sc.D.|
|Rt. Rev. Msgr. John Paul Wodarski||Pastor Emeritus, Holy Cross Church, New Britain||04/29/1999||L.H.D.|
- † recipient is a CCSU graduate
- ‡ recipient represented a partner of CCSU's International Affairs Center and Connecticut Institute for Asian and American Studies,
- a Honorary degreee awarded in connection with recipient's delivery of the Robert C. Vance Distinguished Lecture.
- ∗ abbreviated degree names:
- Central Connecticut State University (May 16, 2012). Commencement exercises: May 2012, p. 43-44.
- Carter Gets Honorary Degree (1985, April 17). Philadelphia Daily News, p. 64
- Associated Press. (1999, March 12). Protesters disrupt Bush lecture. 'Rochester Sentinel', p. 8. Retrieved on 2012-5-28.
- Associated Press. (2001, April 20). Progress being made on education reform. 'Daily Reporter', p. B12. Retrieved on 2012-5-28.
- Associated Press (1985, April 17). Carter still pushing for peace and human rights: Gets honorary degree. 'Waycross Journal-Herald', p. P-2. Retrieved on 2012-5-28.
- Silverman, Fran. 'Baby sister' at CCSU is center of attention. Hartford Courant, 5/24/1998. Retrieved on 2012-5-22.
- Bank leader to speak at CCSU graduation.Hartford Courant, 5/21/2002. Retrieved on 2012-5-22.
- Attorney to get honorary doctorate. (2004, February 20). Hartford Courant. Accessed 2012-05-28.
- McQuillan also served as the personal attorney to CCSU Richard L. Judd (e.g., College President Is Accused of Impersonating a Police Officer. (2002, February 16). New York Times. Retrieved 2012-5-28.
- Carlson, Meredith.Central honors accident victim. Hartford Courant, 5/29/1993. Retrieved on 2012-5-22.
- Paul J. McQuillan attended, but did not graduate from, the institution (see listing).
- Connecticut State University System (1990, February 2).Resolution establishing the International Affairs Center at Central Connecticut State University. Retrieved on 2012-5-28.
- Connecticut State University System (1990, March 30). establishing the Connecticut Institute for Asian and American Studies at Central Connecticut State University. Retrieved on 2012-5-28.