List of awards and honors received by George McGovern
During his lifetime, George McGovern received many awards and honors.
Combined, George and Eleanor McGovern received more than 20 honorary degrees. These include these from George.
In 1990, McGovern was awarded an honorary J.D. degree from the University of Houston Law Center.
Awards and ceremonies
In 2002, McGovern and fellow former Senator Bob Dole were the inaugural winners of the McGovern–Dole Leadership Award given out by the World Food Programme. The award has been given out in each year since "to recognize leaders who have played a critical role in the fight against global hunger."
On October 5–7, 2006, the George and Eleanor McGovern Library and Center for Leadership and Public Service was dedicated at Dakota Wesleyan University. Among the dedication's dignitaries were former President Bill Clinton and Allen Neuharth.
On July 10, 2007, "An Evening with George McGovern" was held at Dakota Wesleyan University, to celebrate McGovern's upcoming 85th birthday. The event was anchored by veteran NBC correspondent Sander Vanocur.
On July 13–14, 2007, a series of events was held in Washington, D.C. to honor McGovern on the 35th anniversary of his nomination for president, and shortly before his 85th birthday on July 19. It included a reunion of his 1972 campaign staff and volunteers at the House Caucus Room, a World Hunger Symposium at George Washington University, followed by a birthday tribute luncheon. The events were co-sponsored by Friends of the World Food Program and Dakota Wesleyan University's George and Eleanor McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service. Hundreds of former staff, volunteers, supporters and friends attended, along with public officials. McGovern addressed the crowds at all three events. Other speakers included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gary Hart, Congressman Jim McGovern, journalists Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and David Broder, and Friends of the World Food Program President/CEO Karen Sendelback. Over $100,000 was raised for the McGovern Legacy Fund, which supports the McGovern-Dole Food Program and Dakota Wesleyan's McGovern Center. The events received national news coverage and were broadcast in part on C-SPAN on August 4 and 6. (Their timing and coverage was serendipitous as McGovern was already in the news that week, responding to journalists about a newly released White House tape disclosing Nixon's controversial remarks about him on election night 1972.)
Those events were followed by another anniversary event on November 6, 2007, "The '72 Campaign: A Living Legacy", at the 2007 McGovern Conference, sponsored by the McGovern Center at Dakota Wesleyan University. It featured presentations by scholarly authors, former McGovern campaign staffers and volunteers, and McGovern himself.
On March 12, 2009, McGovern and Dole received a National Peacemaker Award from the National Conflict Resolution Center for "crossing party lines to break the cycle of poverty and violence for children around the world" through their work in fighting world hunger.
In 2005, McGovern and Dole were given the Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition from the Global Child Nutrition Foundation. Other recipients include Howard G. Buffett and Catherine Bertini. 
McGovern's 90th birthday was celebrated on July 19, 2012, in Washington affair hosted by World Food Program USA. Guests included liberal Democratic stalwarts such as Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Steny Hoyer, Dick Durbin, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Mark Kennedy Shriver, and Tom Harkin, as well as a fellow South Dakotan, Republican John Thune, who said, "We’re very proud of Senator McGovern. My dad was a big McGovern fan ... he’s a terrific man and a great public servant."
Things named after him
- "Former Presidential Candidate George McGovern Criticizes US Role In Iraq" Sunday 9 2006 (05h46) : Bellaciao
- "Past Hnorary Degrees" Grinnell College
- "A Responsive Party Sought by McGovern", Chicago Tribune, June 7, 1969.
- "Nine Get Honorary Degrees from N. U.", Chicago Tribune, Sara Jane Goodyear, p. 1.
- "Honorary Degrees - Recipients of Honorary Degrees At The George Washington University", George Washington University
- "UMDNJ graduates largest class UMDNJ awards 1,190 degrees", Asbury Park Press - May 24, 2001
- "Honorary Degree Recipients of Tufts University", Tufts University.
- "Graduations reflect USF values"
- "USD To Honor McGovern At Commencement" Published: May 7, 2008 Keloland.com
- "McGovern to receive honorary degree". Rapid City Journal. May 2, 2008.
- "Gandhi Peace Award Recipients". Promoting Enduring Peace. n.d. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
- "Four Freedoms Awards". Roosevelt Institute. Archived from the original on 2015-03-25. Retrieved 2015-04-04.
- Watson (ed.), George McGovern, p. 157.
- "McGovern–Dole Leadership Award". World Food Program USA. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
- "World Hunger". Uc.princeton.edu. 2006-03-22. Retrieved 2010-06-17.
- DWU - Press Release Archived February 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- "The 2008 World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony Honoring Hon. Robert Dole and Hon. George McGovern". World Food Prize. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
- "Marshall Matz to Receive 2009 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition" (Press release). Global Child Nutrition Foundation. January 6, 2009.
- "George McGovern's 90th birthday party celebrates old-fashioned liberal: "Thank you for being born."". The Washington Post. July 23, 2012.
- Clift, Eleanor (July 20, 2012). "George McGovern Celebrates 90th Birthday With Washington". The Daily Beast.