The policy on on awarding Honorary Degrees, Awards for Excellence, and Senior Fellow status is outlined below.
To recognize outstanding achievement in letters, science, creative arts, one of the learned professions, business, communications, public or humanitarian service by the award of an Honorary Degree, an Award for Excellence or recognition as a Senior Fellow of Washington College, as may be appropriate.
B. Nomination Rules & Criteria
The Honors and Awards Committee is responsible for reviewing and considering the qualifications of persons nominated for an Honorary Degree, Award for Excellence, and Senior Fellow status of Washington College.
The Honorary Degree is awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to academia and greater society.
The Award for Excellence is reserved for those whose accomplishments distinguish them in a unique way, deserving special recognition.
Designation as a Senior Fellow of Washington College is designed to attract attention to those who have or seem likely to develop lasting ties to the Washington College community, particularly those who Washington College may invite to deliver public lectures and possibly confer informally with students and members of the Faculty.
(a) The nominee is the creator of some original work of such character as to leave no doubt of the nominee’s learning, attainments, and literary and professional ability; or
(b) In addition to recognition for distinguished ability and learning, the nominee holds an honorable office in an institution of learning of good repute; or
(c) The nominee is a person of acknowledged eminence or distinction who has made a worthwhile and noteworthy contribution to society in one or more of the following categories: (1) letters, (2) science, (3) creative arts, (4) one of the learned professions, (5) business, (6) communications, or (7) public or humanitarian service deserving special recognition, and
(d) The nominee’s qualifications must always include distinguished service to society together with intellectual and moral qualities that entitle the nominee to rank with others of high culture and principle.
To qualify as a recipient for any one of the honors and awards designated above the nominee must receive the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the Board members present at the Board meeting at which the award is proposed for a final vote. The Board recognizes the wisdom of restricting, except under unusual circumstances, the number of honors and awards granted in any one college year, preferably to six or fewer Honorary Degrees, one Award for Excellence, and one Fellowship.
D. Prohibition on Fees and Honoraria
Under no circumstance shall an Honorary Degree, Award for Excellence, or Senior Fellow recipient receive a speaker fee.
E. Expiration of the Board’s Approval
Washington College may award an honorary degree to a candidate within five years of the Board’s approval. After that time, the Board must secure another approval for that candidate.
Honorary Degree Recipients
Katie Hood, Doctor of Public Service, Commencement
Henry Red Cloud, Doctor of Public Service, Washington's Birthday Convocation
Sylvia Acevedo, Doctor of Public Service, Commencement
Bryan K. Fair, D.L., Washington's Birthday Convocation
Leo Strine, D.L., Commencement
Frederick Douglass, D.L., awarded posthumously, Washington's Birthday Convocation
Kevin Jeffrey Martin, D.L, Commencement
Lonnie G. Bunch III, D.L., Washington's Birthday Convocation
Paul Reed Smith, D.P.S., Jones Seminar
Christine Lagarde, D.L, Commencement
Arne Sorenson, D.L., Fall Convocation
John A. Moag, Jr., L.L.D., Washington’s Birthday Convocation
Joseph Ellis, L.L.D. , Commencement
David Rubenstein, D.L., Commencement
Bertie Ahern, L.L.D., Washington’s Birthday Convocation
Abujaber, Raouf, D.L. Commencement
David Mixner, D.P.S. Commencement
Henry M. Paulson, Jr. L.L.D., Inaugural Symposium
James N. Mattis, L.L.D., Washington’s Birthday Convocation
Jo Ann Jenkins, D.H.L., Commencement
Sir Richard John Dalton, L.L.D. , Winter Program
Frank G. Wisner II, L.L.D., Winter Program
Louis J. Freeh, D.L., Washington's Birthday Convocation
Edward G. Rendell, D.L. Commencement
Raghavan Seetharaman, D.L. Commencement
James C. Rees IV, D.Letters, Commencement
Jane Rosenthal, D.F.A., Commencement
Carla Diane Hayden, D.Letters, Fall Convocation
Nabeel Abboud Ashkar, D.A., Fall Convocation
Ron Chernow, D.L. Washington's Birthday Convocation
Lawrence S. Eagleburger, L.L.D., Washington's Birthday Convocation
Marcia Invernizzi, D.L., Washington's Birthday Convocation
Frank Deford, D.L. Commencement
Takataka Yamada, M.D., D.Sc, Commencement
Robert L. Gallucci, D.L., Fall Convocation
Nancy S. Grasmick, D.P.S., Fall Convocation
Robert W. Duemling, L.L.D., Washington's Birthday Convocation
Louisa Copeland Duemling, D.H.L., Washington's Birthday Convocation
Walter Isaacson, D.H.L. Washington's Birthday Convocation
Richard A. Meserve, D.S. Commencement
John Harwood, D.L., Commencement
Steny H. Hoyer, L.L.D., Washington's Birthday Convocation
Andrew Kohut, D.L., Washington's Birthday Convocation
Holly H. Shimizu, D.S., Arbor Day
Diane Rehm, D.L., Commencement
Raymond Federman, D.L., Commencement
Mark Bramble, D.A., Fall Convocation
Linda Nochlin, D.F.A, Fall Convocation
Tom Paxton, D. Music, Fall Convocation
Birch R. Bayh, LL.D, Washington's Birthday Convocation
Taylor Branch, D.L., Commencement
Gloria Richardson, D.P.S, Washington's Birthday Convocation
B. Francis Saul II, LL.D., Jones Seminar in American Business
Bruce Cole, D.H.L., Commencement
Patty Griffin, D.F.A., Commencement
David Simon, D.L. Commencement