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Honorary degrees

The honorary doctorate award is given to people who have attained distinction as scholars and/or for service to society. A department or college may initiate the award. Proposals should be submitted to the President's Cabinet who will forward appropriate candidate(s) to the Faculty Senate and the Kansas Board of Regents for approval. Few people are chosen and the recipient must be present at all-university commencement to receive the degree. Eligibility is limited to people who recognition is appropriate to the university and those who advance its educational mission.


2015Fitzwater, Marlin
Baker, Nancy Landon Kassebaum
Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy
2014Freeman, Wayne
Hofmeister, John
Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy
2013Staley, WarrenDoctor of Philosophy
2012Gates, RobertDoctor of Philosophy
1988Eriksen, Conrad J. K.Doctor of Humane Letters
1988Slaughter, JohnDoctor of Science
1987Bevan, WilliamDoctor of Science
1987Carlin, JohnDoctor of Laws
1987Schroeder, AlfredDoctor of Humane Letters
1986Agan, Anna TessieDoctor of Humane Letters
1986Coleman, Edgar E.Doctor of Science
1986Nadel, Norman S.Doctor of Fine Arts
1986Paslay, LeRoy C.Doctor of Science
1985Rogers, Richard D.Doctor of Humane Letters
1985Wedel, Waldo R.Doctor of Letters
1984Bowie, Walter C.Doctor of Science
1984Jones, E. FayDoctor of Fine Arts
1984Mandelbaum, ArthurDoctor of Science
1984Schmidt, John W.Doctor of Science
1983Bainer, Roy A.Doctor of Engineering
1982Copland, AaronDoctor of Humane Letters
1982Lown, Wilfred F. "Bill"Doctor of Humane Letters
1982Wilson, Claude LeonardDoctor of Science
1981Beck, GlennDoctor of Science
1981Rhodes, JohnDoctor of Humane Letters
1980Benson, Fred J.Doctor of Engineering
1980Chalmers, JohnDoctor of Humane Letters
1979Bennis, Warren G.Doctor of Humane Letters
1979Fitch, James MarstonDoctor of Arts
1975McCain, James AllenDoctor of Humane Letters
1973Trotter, Virginia YappDoctor of Science
1972Senti, Frederic RaymondDoctor of Science
1970Lush, Jay L.Doctor of Science
1970Parks, Gordon AlexanderDoctor of Letters
1970Pritchard, William RoyDoctor of Science
1969Johnson, Maurice D. S.Doctor of Laws
1968Greep, Roy O.Doctor of Science
1967Landon, Alfred M.Doctor of Laws
1966Darby, HarryDoctor of Laws
1966Eisenhower, Dwight DavidDoctor of Laws
1964Beadle, George WellsDoctor of Science
1963Carlson, FrankDoctor of Laws
1963Eisenhower, Milton S.Doctor of Humane Letters
1963Hall, Joyce C.Doctor of Laws
1963Hendricks, Sterling BrownDoctor of Science
1963Kimball, Solon T.Doctor of Science
1963Rust, John HowardDoctor of Science
1963Sebring, Harold L. "Tom"Doctor of Laws
1963Vail, Gladys E.Doctor of Science
1963Wilson, Murray A.Doctor of Science
1962Menninger, Karl A.Doctor of Laws
1962Menninger, William C.Doctor of Laws
1962Shriver, Robert Sargent, Jr.Doctor of Laws
1961Mangelsdorf, Paul ChristophDoctor of Laws
1961Peltier, Eugene JosephDoctor of Laws
1961Thackrey, Russell I.Doctor of Laws
1960Dunlap, Jack WilburDoctor of Laws
1960Greenewalt, Crawford HallockDoctor of Laws
1956Hope, Clifford RagsdaleDoctor of Agriculture
1955Seaton, Fred A.Doctor of Laws
1949Baker, Marvel LeonDoctor of Science
1949Blanks, Robert F.Doctor of Science
1948Price, James FrancisDoctor of Laws
1947Jones, Donald ForshaDoctor of Science
1947Short, MacDoctor of Science
1946Edwards, Martin ArthurDoctor of Science
1946Harrison, FlorenceDoctor of Science
1946Mohler, Jacob ChristianDoctor of Agriculture
1944Edgerton, Glen EdgarDoctor of Engineering
1944Houser, John SamuelDoctor of Science
1943Parrott, Percival JohnDoctor of Science
1942Secrest, Edmund RayDoctor of Science
1942Waugh, Mary Alice VailMaster of Family Life
1941Green, Roy MonroeDoctor of Science
1938Bane, Juliet LitaDoctor of Science
1938Dow, Ula MayDoctor of Science
1938Enfield, William LesterDoctor of Engineering
1938Fairchild, David GrandisonDoctor of Science
1938Hagan, William ArthurDoctor of Science
1938Jardine, William MarionDoctor of Laws
1938Miller, Merritt FinleyDoctor of Science
1937Rose, FloraDoctor of Science
1937Sears, Fred ColemanDoctor of Science
1935Freeman, Ernest HarrisonDoctor of Engineering
1935Jardine, James TertiusDoctor of Science
1935Wildin, George WashingtonDoctor of Engineering
1934Hitchcock, Albert SpearDoctor of Science
1934Mortensen, MartinDoctor of Laws
1933Waugh, Frank AlbertDoctor of Science
1932Hazlett, Robert H.Doctor of Laws
1931Fox, PhillipDoctor of Science
1931Kent, Harry LlewellynDoctor of Laws
1931Sandzen, BirgerDoctor of Laws
1930Sisson, Edward OctaviusDoctor of Science
1928Mason, Silas CheeverDoctor of Science
1927Bartholomew, ElamDoctor of Science
1927Boss, AndrewDoctor of Science
1927Knaus, WarrenDoctor of Science
1925Calvin, HenriettaDoctor of Laws
1925Jones, Nellie Sawyer KedzieDoctor of Laws
1925Marlatt, Abby L.Doctor of Science
1925Potter, Andrey A.Doctor of Engineering
1923Kellerman, Karl FredericDoctor of Science
1922Piper, Charles VancouverDoctor of Science
1922Swingle, Walter TennysonDoctor of Science
1921Marlatt, Charles LesterDoctor of Science
1920Coe, Frank WinstonDoctor of Laws
1920Harbord, James GuthrieDoctor of Laws
1920Helmick, Eli AlvaDoctor of Laws
1909Coburn, F. D.Doctor of Laws
1909Fairchild, Edward T.Doctor of Laws
1909Hill, JosephDoctor of Laws
1909Nichols, Ernest R.Doctor of Philosophy
1909Scott, Charles F.Doctor of Laws
1909Strong, FrankDoctor of Laws
1909Stubbs, Walter R.Doctor of Laws
1909Williams, WalterDoctor of Laws
1908Walters, J. D.Doctor of Arts
1908Willard, Julius T.Doctor of Science
1907Fairchild, Edward T.Master of Arts
1904Rupp, AliceMaster of Arts
1902Thompson, George F.Master of Science
1898Bartholomew, ElamMaster of Science
1897Olin, Oscar E.Master of Arts
1883Walters, J. D.Master of Science
1877Fraser, JohnDoctor of Laws
1873Riley, C. V.Master of Arts
1872Platt, J. E.Master of Arts
1868Reynolds, Charles E., Rev.Doctor Of Divinity