Honorary Degrees

The honorary degree recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves by a lifetime of accomplishment or by extraordinary achievement. Nominees, through their accomplishments and achievements, reflect the goals of Loyola University New Orleans and they clearly serve as role models for our graduates. The Loyola University Honorary Degrees Committee and the Board of Trustees established the following general guideline for honorary degrees:

An Honorary Degree may be bestowed upon any person who has made outstanding achievements, particularly in those fields of endeavor which are at the heart of Loyola’s mission as a university (such as religion, scholarship, the arts, business, philanthropy, and public service). Above all, the recipient’s life and achievements should exemplify those goals and principles spelled out in Loyola’s Character and Commitment Statement: specifically, academic excellence, the pursuit of faith and justice, and service to others.

Year

Date

Name

Honorary Degree

1913

June 20, 1913

Bayle, Emile J

Bachelor of Philosophy

1913

June 20, 1913

Byrnes, William H. Jr.

Doctor of Laws

1913

June 20, 1913

Cassegrain, Octave

Master of Arts

1913

June 20, 1913

Perret, St. John

Master of Arts

1913

June 20, 1913

St. Paul, John

Doctor of Laws

1913

June 20, 1913

Theard, Charles J.

Doctor of Laws

1913

June 20, 1913

Theard, George H.

Doctor of Laws

1913

June 20, 1913

Waguespack, Herbert, H.

Master of Arts

1916

June 18, 1916

Asher, Dr. Philip

Master of Science

1916

June 18, 1916

Breaux, Joseph A.

Doctor of Laws

1916

June 18, 1916

Vignes, Dr. C. Victor

Master of Arts

1917

June 18, 1917

Bonomo, Alfred J.

Bachelor of Oratory

1917

June 18, 1917

Danna, Dr. Joseph A.

Doctor of Philosophy

1917

June 18, 1917

Dupuy, Dr. Homer

Doctor of Philosophy

1917

June 18, 1917

Moore, Rev. Isaiah D.

Doctor of Laws

1918

May 30, 1918

Castellano, Rev. Francis

Master of Arts

1918

May 30, 1918

Crabites, Pierre

Doctor of Laws

1918

May 30, 1918

Dart, William Kernan

Bachelor of Laws

1918

May 30, 1918

Dequesnel, George M.

Bachelor of Laws

1918

May 30, 1918

Douille, Leon

Bachelor of Science

1918

May 30, 1918

Hayford, Eugene S.

Master of Science

1918

May 30, 1918

Pickering, Herbert E.

Master of Science

1918

May 30, 1918

Salatich, Dr. Peter B.

Master of Science

1918

May 30, 1918

Thompson, Basil

Master of Arts

1919

June 14, 1919

Nix, Dr. James T.

Master of Arts

1920

April 16, 1920

de Valera, Eamon

Doctor of Laws

1921

June 10, 1921

Cage, Hugh C.

Doctor of Laws

1921

June 10, 1921

Dart, Henry P.

Doctor of Laws

1922

December 8, 1922

Foch, Marshal Ferdinand

Doctor of Laws

1923

June 6, 1923

Blayney, Dr. Lindsay

Doctor of Laws

1924

June 9, 1924

Boatner, Mark M.

Doctor of Laws

1924

June 9, 1924

Bonomo, Alfred J.

Doctor of Laws

1924

June 9, 1924

Denechaud, Charles I.

Doctor of Laws

1924

June 9, 1924

Kernan, Benjamin

Doctor of Laws

1924

June 9, 1924

Nix, Dr. James T.

Doctor of Laws

1924

June 9, 1924

Waguespack, Wilhelm

Doctor of Laws

1928

April 16, 1928

Claudel, Paul

Doctor of Laws

1928

June 6, 1928

Keyes, Dr. Frederick A.

Doctor of Laws

1930

June 9, 1930

O'Grady, Rev. John

Doctor of Laws

1931

February 2, 1931

Long, Huey P.

Doctor of Laws

1933

June 5, 1933

Frost, Meigs O.

Doctor of Letters

1936

June 30, 1936

Malone, Sr. Stanislaus

Doctor of Science

1937

June 7, 1937

Rummel, Most Rev. Joseph F.

Doctor of Laws

1939

June 5, 1939

Fitzpatrick, Dr. Edward A.

Doctor of Laws

1942

May 18, 1942

Drum, Lt. Gen. Hugh A.

Doctor of Laws

1942

May 18, 1942

Taquino, Dr. George J.

Doctor of Science

1942

May 18, 1942

Vignes, Dr. C. Victor

Doctor of Science

1943

May 18, 1943

Grasser, Dr. John J.

Doctor of Science

1943

May 18, 1943

O'Niell, Charles A.

Doctor of Laws

1944

February 2, 1944

Medina, Isaias

Doctor of Laws

1945

November 23, 1945

Simmons, David A.

Doctor of Laws

1947

March 14, 1947

 von Preysing, His Eminence Konrad Cardinal

Doctor of Laws

1947

November 24, 1947

Ligutti, Rt. Rev. Luigi G.

Doctor of Laws

1950

May 30, 1950

Oursler, C. Fulton

Doctor of Letters

1952

February 2, 1952

Elliott, Robert E.

Doctor of Laws

1952

February 2, 1952

Hearne, John J.

Doctor of Laws

1952

August 30, 1952

Bezou, Very Rev. Henry

Doctor of Laws

1952

August 30, 1952

Hernandez, S.C., Bro. Martin

Doctor of Laws

1953

May 30, 1953

Murray, Edgar

Doctor of Laws

1953

May 30, 1953

Rivet, Charles J.

Doctor of Laws

1954

June 5, 1954

Fitzgerald, Dr. Leslie

Doctor of Science

1956

May 30, 1956

DeBlanc, Ret. Rev. Irving A.

Doctor of Laws

1956

May 30, 1956

Mattingly, Dr. C. Walter

Doctor of Science

1956

May 30, 1956

Larose, Dr. J. Browne

Doctor of Science

1956

May 30, 1956

O'Connell, Ret. Rev. Geoffrey

Doctor of Letters

1957

May 29, 1957

Hayes, Arthur Hull

Doctor of Laws

1957

May 29, 1957

Hughes, Arthur C.

Doctor of Laws

1957

May 29, 1957

Legier, John

Doctor of Laws

1957

May 29, 1957

Segal, Paul M.

Doctor of Laws

1958

May 28, 1958

Morrison, deLesseps S.

Doctor of Laws

1959

May 27, 1959

Boggs, Hale

Doctor of Laws

1959

May 27, 1959

Long, Russell B.

Doctor of Laws

1959

May 27, 1959

McShane, Ruth

Doctor of Letters

1959

May 27, 1959

Thomas, Josephine

Doctor of Letters

1961

May 31, 1961

Levy, Capt. Neville

Doctor of Laws

1961

May 31, 1961

Pilie, Louis H.

Doctor of Laws

1961

May 31, 1961

Sarpy, Leon

Doctor of Laws

1962

May 29, 1962

Cody, Most. Rev. John P.

Doctor of Laws

1962

May 29, 1962

McMahon, Henry George

Doctor of Laws

1963

May 28, 1963

Crandell, Rev. A. William S.J.

Doctor of Laws

1963

May 28, 1963

Distiler, Dr. Theodore A.

Doctor of Laws

1963

May 28, 1963

Stanford, Dr. Henry King

Doctor of Laws

1964

June 2, 1964

Dickey, Dr. Frank G.

Doctor of Laws

1964

June 2, 1964

Ponder, J. Hart

Doctor of Laws

1964

June 2, 1964

Voohries, Alexis Jr.

Doctor of Science

1966

May 31, 1966

Hannan, Most Rev. Philip M.

Doctor of Laws

1966

May 31, 1966

McKeithen, John J.

Doctor of Laws

1966

May 31, 1966

Tucker, John H. Jr.

Doctor of Laws

1967

May 31, 1967

Ainsworth, Robert A. Jr.

Doctor of Laws

1967

May 30, 1967

Lauer, Margaret E.

Doctor of Laws

1967

May 31, 1967

Stern, Percival

Doctor of Laws

1968

May 15, 1968

Giraud, Marcel

Doctor of Letters

1968

May 15, 1968

Hebert, Dr. Paul M.

Doctor of Laws

1969

May 20, 1969

Carpenter, CDR Malcolm S.

Doctor of Science

1969

May 20, 1969

Choppin, Dr. Gregory R.

Doctor of Science

1969

May 20, 1969

DeBakey, Dr. Michael E.

Doctor of Science

1969

May 20, 1969

Hamlin, Walter B.

Doctor of Laws

1969

May 20, 1969

Ochsner, Dr. Alton

Doctor of Science

1969

October 13, 1969

Romulo, Carlos P.

Doctor of Letters

1971

May 27, 1971

Hoover, Maedell

Master of Education in Administration

1971

May 27, 1971

Lavanoux, Maurice

Doctor of Humane Letters

1971

May 27, 1971

Ohlmeyer, Laurie E.

Master of Education in Administration

1971

May 27, 1971

Wright, Edward L.

Doctor of Laws

1972

May 19, 1972

Ellender, Allen J.

Doctor of Laws

1972

May 19, 1972

Hebert, F. Edward

Doctor of Laws

1972

May 22, 1972

McAulay, Lydia Knobloch

Master of Education in Administration

1972

May 22, 1972

duTreil, L.J.N.

Doctor of Science

1972

May 22, 1972

Granger, Lester B.

Doctor of Laws

1972

May 22, 1972

Deutsch, Col. Eberhard B.

Doctor of Laws

1972

May 22, 1972

Percy, Dr. Walker

Doctor of Humane Letters

1973

May 21, 1973

Nunemaker, Dr. Charles F.

Doctor of Laws

1973

May 21, 1973

Reinert, S.J., Rev. Paul C.

Doctor of Laws

1974

May 27, 1974

Tyson, Cicely

Doctor of Humane Letters

1974

May 27, 1974

Guste, William Joseph Jr.

Doctor of Laws

1974

May 27, 1974

Williams, T. Harry

Doctor of Humane Letters

1975

May 26, 1975

Feibelman, Rabbi Julian B.

Doctor of Laws

1975

May 26, 1975

Hamner, Earl Jr.

Doctor of Humane Letters

1975

May 26, 1975

Williams, Mary Lou

Doctor of Humane Letters

1976

March 16, 1976

Segovia, Andres

Doctor of Music

1976

May 15, 1976

Gravel, Camille Francis Jr.

Doctor of Laws

1976

May 18, 1976

Swig, Benjamin Harris

Doctor of Laws

1976

May 18, 1976

Longenecker, Herbert Eugene

Doctor of Laws

1977

May 14, 1977

Gisevius, Frederick J. Jr.

Doctor of Laws

1977

May 14, 1977

Boggs, Corinne "Lindy"

Doctor of Laws

1977

May 17, 1977

McCormack, S.S.N.D., Sr. M. Lillian

Doctor of Humane Letters

1977

October 2, 1977

DuBourguet, Pierre S.J.

Doctor of Humane Letters

1978

May 19, 1978

Gremillion, MSGR. Joseph

Doctor of Humane Letters

1978

May 20, 1978

Noonan, John T. Jr.

Doctor of Laws

1978

May 16, 1978

Outler, Albert Cook

Doctor of Humane Letters

1979

October 31, 1979

Benedetto, S.J., Rev. Francis A.

Doctor of Humanities

1979

May 15, 1979

Jefferson, M.D., Mildred Fay

Doctor of Humane Letters

1979

May 12, 1979

Keller, S.J., Rev. John F.

Doctor of Laws

1979

May 12, 1979

Landrieu, Moon

Doctor of Laws

1980

May 17, 1980

Edwards, Edwin W.

Doctor of Laws

1980

May 20, 1980

Early, J. Michael

Doctor of Laws

1980

May 20, 1980

Rogers, O.M.I., Rev. Peter V.

Doctor of Humane Letters

1980

May 20, 1980

Williams, George H.

Doctor of Humane Letters

1981

May 16, 1981

Wright, Hon. J. Skelly

Doctor of Laws

1981

May 19, 1981

Camara, Archbishop Helder P.

Doctor of Humane Letters

1982

May 1982

McAulay, John J.

Doctor of Laws

1982

May 1982

Arceneaux, Dr. William

Doctor of Humane Letters

1982

May 1982

Francis, Dr. Norman C.

Doctor of Laws

1983

February 1983

Cronkite, Walter L.

Doctor of Humane Letters

1983

May 1983

Byron, S.J., Rev. William J.

Doctor of Humane Letters

1983

May 1983

Entremont, Philippe

Doctor of Music

1984

May 20, 1984

Keller, Rosa Freeman

Doctor of Humane Letters

1984

May 20, 1984

Keller, Charles Jr.

Doctor of Humane Letters

1984

May 21, 1984

Dixon, David Frank

Doctor of Humane Letters

1984

May 21, 1984

Roberts, Nash Charles Jr.

Doctor of Science

1984

June 8, 1984

Domengeaux, James

Doctor of Humane Letters

1984

October 21, 1984

Calcutta, Mother Teresa of

Doctor of Humane Letters

1985

May 18, 1985

Nelson, John P.

Doctor of Laws

1985

May 20, 1985

Copping, Dr. Allen A.

Doctor of Humane Letters

1985

May 20, 1985

Francis, Muriel Bultman

Doctor of Humane Letters

1985

May 20, 1985

McNaspy, S.J., Rev. Clement J.

Doctor of Humane Letters

1985

May 20, 1985

Simon, Rev. Arthur

Doctor of Humane Letters

1985

May 20, 1985

Young, Hon. Andrew

Doctor of Humane Letters

1986

March 7, 1986

Kuralt, Charles B.

Doctor of Humane Letters

1986

May 19, 1986

Esquival, Hon. Manuel

Doctor of Humane Letters

1986

May 19, 1986

Quinn, Rev. Patrick

Doctor of Humane Letters

1987

May 16, 1987

Malone, Wex Smathers

Doctor of Laws

1987

May 18, 1987

Benson, Thomas Milton

Doctor of Humane Letters

1987

May 18, 1987

Bullard, E. John

Doctor of Humane Letters

1987

May 18, 1987

Burrus, S.J., Rev. Ernest

Doctor of Humane Letters

1988

May 14, 1988

Casey, Sen. Thomas A.

Doctor of Laws

1988

May 16, 1988

Ritter, O.F.M., Rev. Bruce

Doctor of Humane Letters

1988

May 16, 1988

Doyle, Francis C.

Doctor of Humane Letters

1989

December 10, 1986

Cliburn, Van

Doctor of Music

1990

May 14, 1990

de Menil, Dominique

Doctor of Humane Letters

1990

May 14, 1990

Rubin, Judge Alvin B.

Doctor of Laws

1990

May 14, 1990

Chittister, O.S.B., Sr. Joan D.

Doctor of Laws

1990

May 14, 1990

Berrigan, S.J., Rev. Daniel

Doctor of Humane Letters

1991

May 20, 1991

Monroe, J. Edgar

Doctor of Humane Letters

1991

May 20, 1991

Linowitz, Sol M.

Doctor of Humane Letters

1991

May 20, 1991

Armstrong, Anne Legendre

Doctor of Humane Letters

1991

December 9, 1991

Jones, Quincy

Doctor of Music

1991

May 18, 1991

Calogero, Hon. Pascal F.

Doctor of Laws

1991

May 20, 1991

Weakland, O.S.B., Arch. Rembert

Doctor of Humane Letters

1992

May 16, 1992

Elie, Lolis Edward

Doctor of Laws

1992

May 16, 1992

Smith, U.S. Rep. Neal

Doctor of Laws

1992

May 18, 1992

Stendahl, Bishop Krister

Doctor of Humane Letters

1992

May 18, 1992

Kozol, Jonathan

Doctor of Humane Letters

1992

May 18, 1992

Rivera y Damas, Arch. Arturo

Doctor of Humane Letters

1993

May 15, 1993

Duplantier, The Hon. Adrian G.

Doctor of Laws

1993

May 15, 1993

Ortigue, The Hon. Revius O.

Doctor of Laws

1993

May 17, 1993

Roberts, Cokie

Doctor of Humane Letters

1993

October 29, 1993

Cooke, Bernard J.

Doctor of Humane Letters

1994

May 14, 1994

Dalton, Samuel S.

Doctor of Laws

1994

May 15, 1994

Johnston, Sen. J. Bennett

Doctor of Humane Letters

1994

May 15, 1994

Berry, Thomas

Doctor of Humane Letters

1994

May 15, 1994

Schulte, The Most Rev. Francis B.

Doctor of Humane Letters

1995

May 20, 1995

Pascal, Robert A.

Doctor of Laws

1995

May 21, 1995

Carter, S.J., Rev. James C.

Doctor of Humane Letters

1995

May 21, 1995

Bricker, John F.

Doctor of Humane Letters

1995

May 21, 1995

Gaines, Ernest J.

Doctor of Humane Letters

1995

May 21, 1995

Starr, S. Frederick

Doctor of Humane Letters

1996

May 19, 1996

Laborde, John P.

Doctor of Humane Letters

1996

May 19, 1996

Laborde, Alden J. "Doc"

Doctor of Humane Letters

1996

May 19, 1996

Ford, Richard

Doctor of Humane Letters

1997

May 18, 1997

Ferre, MSBT, Sister M. Isolina

Doctor of Humane Letters

1997

May 18, 1997

Ellis, F.S.C., Bro. Patrick

Doctor of Humane Letters

1999

February 19, 1999

Foote, Shelby

Doctor of Humane Letters

1999

April 9, 1999

Hume, John

Doctor of Humane Letters

2001

May 19, 2001

Gaston, Gerald N.

Doctor of Business Administration

2002

May 17, 2002

Lemmon, Justice Harry

Doctor of Laws

2003

May 17, 2003

O'Keefe, Sean

Doctor of Humane Letters

2004

May 14, 2004

Garsaud, Marcel

Doctor of Laws

2004

May 15, 2004

Anthony, Charles

Doctor of Humane Letters

2004

May 15, 2004

Breaux, John

Doctor of Humane Letters

2004

May 15, 2004

Emery, Lin

Doctor of Humane Letters

2005

May 13, 2005

Riley, Janet Mary

Doctor of Laws

2005

May 13, 2005

Landrieu Family

Doctor of Laws

2005

May 14, 2005

Martin, Ti Adelaide

Doctor of Business

2005

May 14, 2005

Orsy, S.J., Ladislas

Doctor of Humane Letters

2005

May 14, 2005

Bourgeois, John

Doctor of Music

2005

May 14, 2005

Prejean, C.S.J., Helen

Doctor of Humane Letters

2006

April 29, 2006

Apple, R. W. "Johnny"

Doctor of Humane Letters

2006

April 29, 2006

Stroup, Sally

Doctor of Humane Letters

2006

April 29, 2006

Fountain, Pete

Doctor of Music

2007

May 12, 2007

Marsalis, Jr. Ellis

Doctor of Music

2007

May 12, 2007

Times-Picayune accepted by A.Phelps & Jim Amoss

Doctor of Humane Letters

2007

May 12, 2007

Scott, John

Doctor of Humane Letters

2007

May 12, 2007

Bond, Julian

Doctor of Humane Letters

2008

May 10, 2008

Black, Cathie

Doctor of Humane Letters

2008

May 10, 2008

Benjamin, Adelaide Wisdom

Doctor of Humane Letters

2008

May 10, 2008

Seibel, Klauspeter

Doctor of Music

2008

May 10, 2008

Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans

Doctor of Humane Letters

2009

May 9, 2009

Hancock, Herbie

Doctor of Music

2009

May 9, 2009

Quezergue, Wardell

Doctor of Music

2009

May 9, 2009

Chase, Leah

Doctor of Humane Letters

2009

May 9, 2009

Honoré, Lt. General Russell

Doctor of Humane Letters

2009

May 9, 2009

Jindal, Bobby , Governor of Louisiana

Doctor of Humane Letters

2010

May 8, 2010

Kerr, Jr., Clyde

Doctor of Music

2010

May 8, 2010

Milling, R. King

Doctor of Humane Letters

2010

May 8, 2010

Brees, Drew

Doctor of Humane Letters

2011

May 14, 2011

Levert, John B, Jr.

Doctor of Business

2011

May 14, 2011

Lubchenco, Jane

Doctor of Humane Letters

2011

May 14, 2011

Matassa, Cosimo

Doctor of Music

2011

May 14, 2011

Pierce, Wendell

Doctor of Humane Letters

2012

May 12, 2012

Jones, Connie

Doctor of Music

2012

May 12, 2012 Pastorek, Paul Doctor of Humane Letters
2012 May 12, 2012 Meacham, Jon Doctor of Humane Letters
2013 May 11, 2013 Baquet, Dean Doctor of Humane Letters
2013 May 11, 2013 Bazzle, Germaine Doctor of Music
2013 May 11, 2013 Brokaw, Tom Doctor of Humane Letters