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Honorary Degrees

Western Kentucky University awards honorary degrees to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the University, the state, the nation, or the world. Recipients of honorary degrees will be recognized for their general excellence and for their extraordinary achievements in areas of human endeavor which reflect the ideals and objectives of the University. Individuals who receive honorary degrees will exemplify the University's values, vision and service mission. Honorary degrees may be awarded to outstanding citizens of the Commonwealth, outstanding alumni of the University, outstanding living benefactors of the University, or individuals of national or international prominence whose contributions have enhanced society as a whole. Since honorary degrees are awarded on highly selective basis, no more than four will be conferred in any one year.

Nominations for honorary degrees are solicited from the campus community, and recipients are selected by a committee of faculty members.

The following honorary degrees have been awarded by WKU:

August, 1979 William H. Natcher Doctor of Laws
May, 1980 Tim Lee Carter Doctor of Humane Letters
May, 1988 Bert Combs Doctor of Humane Letters
December, 1998 Thomas D. Clark Doctor of Humanities
May, 1999 Nicholas Kafoglis Doctor of Humanities
May, 1999 Joy Bale Boone Doctor of Humanities
December, 1999 Don Vitale Doctor of Humanities
December, 1999 Sallie Bingham Doctor of Humanities
May, 2000 Wendell Berry Doctor of Humane Letters
December, 2000 Terrence W. Wilcutt Doctor of Science
May, 2001 Larry Jones Doctor of Public Service
December, 2001 Jerry Baker Doctor of Fine Arts
May, 2003 Eddie Pennington Doctor of Fine Arts
May, 2003 Raymond B. Preston Doctor of Public Service
December, 2003 Helen Thomas Doctor of Humane Letters
May, 2004 Mitch McConnell Doctor of Public Service
December, 2004 Ed Hamilton Doctor of Fine Arts
May, 2007 John Carpenter Doctor of Fine Arts
December, 2008 Larnelle Harris Doctor of Fine Arts
December, 2009 Jody Richards Doctor of Public Service
May, 2010 Vicki Phillips Doctor of Public Service
May, 2011 Elaine Chao Doctor of Public Service
May, 2011 Xu Lin Doctor of Public Service
December, 2013 Zuheir Sophia Doctor of Business Leadership

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