University of Southern California

Previous Honorary Degree Recipients

Since Commencement 1912, the University of Southern California has awarded honorary degrees, presently the highest award the university confers. Honorary degrees are given:

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Day & Date Year Speaker Name Speaker Title Address Title Honorary Degree Recipient(s) Recipient Title(s)
Thursday, June 19 1884 George Finley Bovard Political Somnambulism
June 1885 Unknown
Thursday, June 24 1886 Marion McKinley Bovard President of USC
Thursday, June 23 1887 Asabel M. Hough President of the Board of Directors
Thursday, June 21 1888 The Dean
Thursday, June 27 1889 Student Orations (3)
Thursday, June 26 1890 Student Orations (8)
June 1891 Unknown
June 1892 Unknown
Thursday, June 21 1893 Unknown
Thursday, June 28 1894 Reverend W.S. Matthew, D.D. Associate Director, California Christian Advocate; Former Dean, College of Liberal Arts
June 1895 Unknown
June 1896 Student Orations (at least 9)
June 1897 Unknown
June 1898 Unknown
June 1899 Unknown
Thursday, June 7 1900 Unknown
June 1901 Unknown
Thursday, June 12 1902 Benjamin Ide Wheeler, LL.D. President, University of California
Thursday, June 11 1903 Right Reverend Joseph H. Johnson, D.D. Bishop,Los Angeles Diocese
Thursday, June 16 1904 Reverend Eli McClish, M.A., D.D. President, University of the Pacific
Thursday, June 15 1905 Unknown
Thursday, June 21 1906 Reverend Robert McIntyre, D.D. The Battle of Life
Tuesday, June 11 1907 E.C. Moore, Ph.D.
Thursday, June 18 1908 David Starr Jordan President, Stanford University Enthusiasm
Thursday, June 17 1909 Matt S. Hughes, D.D. Pastor, First Methodist Church, Pasadena
Thursday, June 16 1910 James A.B. Scherer, LL.D. President, Throop Polytechnic Institute Lincoln’s Books
Thursday, June 15 1911 Bishop Edwin H. Hughes, D.D., LL.D. The Christian College and Moral Reforms
Thursday, June 13 1912 Charles F. Aked, D.D. The Moral Equivalent of War William Bebb, M.S.
Albert Joseph Wallace, LL.D.
25th Lieutenant Governor of California
Thursday, June 12 1913 Reverend Robert J. Burdette God’s Country John Benjamin Green, D.D.
James Harmon Hoose, LL.D.
Henry J. McCoy, LL.D.

Noted USC educator
First General Secretary, San Francisco YMCA
Thursday, June 11 1914 Bishop William M. Bell, D.D. Life’s Rich and Mighty Content Bishop William M. Bell, LL.D.
J. Allen Gessinger, D.D.
Bishop of the United Brethren Church, Los Angeles
Thursday, June 10 1915 Bishop Edwin H. Hughes, D.D., LL.D.
Thursday, June 8 1916 Reverend Charles Edward Locke, D.D. What Is Education? George J. Cochran, LL.D.
Daniel M. Gandier, D.D.
Charles E. Locke, LL.D.
Thomas Newlin, LL.D.
Joseph Laird Stabler, Sc.D.

Legislative Superintendent, California Anti-Saloon League
Manager, American Opera Company

Thursday, June 17 1917 Bishop Adna Wright Leonard, D.D., LL.D. Milbank Johnson, Sc.D.
Bishop A.W. Leonard, LL.D.
Ernest C. Moore, LL.D.
E.P. Ryland, D.D.
C.C. Selecman, D.D.
Chief Surgeon, Southern California Edison Company
First Chairman, Methodist Commission on Chaplains


Third President, Southern Methodist University
1918 John W. Hancher, D.D., LL.D. The Burden of Democracy
Thursday, June 19 1919 Benjamin Ide Wheeler, LL.D. President, University of California Richard E. Burton, LL.D.
C.M. Crist, D.D.
Tully C. Knoles, D.D.
Frank G.H. Stevens, D.D.
Will C. Wood, M.A. Pro Merito


President, University of the Pacific

Thursday, June 17 1920 Benjamin F. Bledsoe, A.B. Benjamin F. Bledsoe, LL.D.
Susan Miller Dorsey LL.D.
Harry W. White, D.D.
Judge, United States District Court

Thursday, June 23 1921 Robert W. Rogers, Ph.D., LL.D. Drew Theological Seminary The University: Italy to California Frank Wilson Blackmar, LL.D.
William S. Bovard, LL.D.
B.D. Snudden, D.D.
William B. Stephens, LL.D.

Ninth President, American Sociological Society
Corresponding Secretary, Board of Education, Methodist Episcopal Church
Thursday, June 15 1922 The Honorable William C. Wood, A.M. California Superintendent of Public Education Charles Inwood, D.D.
Edward James, D.D.
Ernestine Schumann-Heink, D.Mus.
Eucario M. Sein, D.D.
Augustin T. Whilar, LL.D.


Operatic contralto
Minister, Methodist Episcopal Church, Los Angeles
Thursday, June 21 1923 The Honorable William Gibbs McAdoo, A.M., LL.D. Former Secretary of the Treasury St. Catherine Beavers, M.A. Pro Merito
John Hedley, D.D.
William Harvey Housh, M.A.
William Gibbs McAdoo, LL.D.
Judge Curtis D. Wilbur, LL.D.
Former Principal, Our Lady of Peace

Former Principal, Los Angeles High School
Lawyer; Political Leader; Former United States Senator; Former United States Secretary of the Treasury; Former Director of the US Railroad Administration
Former Chief Justice, California
Wednesday, June 18 1924 Aurelia Henry Reinhardt, Ph.D., LL.D. President, Mills College Student and Citizen Jesse Lee Corley, D.D.
Charles Edward Leitzel, D.D.
Aurelia Henry Reinhardt, Litt.D


Educator; Social Activist
Tuesday, February 10 1925 Rufus Bernhard von KleinSmid, Ph. et Litt.D. President, USC Midyear Commencement
Thursday, June 18 1925 Rufus Bernhard von KleinSmid, Ph. et Litt.D. President, USC Ralph Arnold
Charles Wesley Burns, LL.D.
John Steven McGroarty, Litt.D.
Louis Wescott Myers, LL.D.
Charles H. Scott, D.D.
Walter J. Sherman, D.D.
Palentologist; Petroleum Geologist
Bishop, Methodist-Episcopal
Poet; Former Columnist, Los Angeles Times; Democratic Congressman, California
Former Chief Justice, California

Saturday, June 5 1926 Sam E. Gates Student 1926 Class Oration Lyndon Ellsworth Behymer, M.B.A.
Charles Wakefield Cadman, D. Mus.
Herbert Wildon Carr, LL.D.
Daniel Cave, D.D.S.
Katherine T. Forrester, M.A.
Elmer Ellsworth Helms, D.D.
Samuel Shaw Sampson, D.D.
Frederick Wards, Litt. D.
Fletcher G. Watson, D.D.
Impresario; Cultural Activist
Composer
Former Professor, Philosophy, USC
Southern California dentistry pioneer; dean of USC College of Dentistry for 15 years

Reverend and author


Saturday, June 4 1927 Adna Wright Leonard, Jr. Student 1927 Class Oration Abram Laurel Baker, D.D.
Wesley W. Beckett, LL.D.
Robert McLean Cummock, LL.D.
Lewis E. Ford, D.D.S.
James A. Francis, LL.D.
Raphael Herman, LL.D.
William R. Morehouse, M.B.A.
John Oliver, D.D.
Charles E. Pemberton, M.Mus.
Ambassador Honoria Pueyrredon, LL.D. (Argentina)
George Clinton Ward



Dean of the USC School of Dentistry, 1905-1944






Saturday, June 9 1928 Stanley Romaine Hopper Student 1928 Class Oration Henry Green Brainerd, LL.D.
William John Cooper, Ed.D.
Lloyd C. Douglas, D.D.
Julio Endelman, D.D.S.
R.D. McLean, Litt.D.
Willsie Martin, D.D.
Chester Rowell, LL.D.
Judge Lucien Shaw, LL.D.
Harold J. Stonier, D.B.A.
Lawrence Mervil Tibbett, M.Mus.
Henry Green Brainerd, LL.D.
William John Cooper, Ed.D.
Lloyd C. Douglas, D.D.
Julio Endelman, D.D.S.
R.D. McLean, Litt.D.
Willsie Martin, D.D.
Chester Rowell, LL.D.
Judge Lucien Shaw, LL.D.
Harold J. Stonier, D.B.A.
Lawrence Mervil Tibbett, M.Mus.
Saturday, June 8 1929 Charles Frederick Wright Student 1929 Class Oration Charles Frederic Aked, Litt.D.
Thomas Donald Campbell
Robert Ernest Cowan, M.A.
Alice Gentle, M.Mus.
Bartholomew Fuller Huske, D.D.
Jane Bancroft Robinson, LL.D.
Merle Negley Smith, LL.D.
Charles Frederic Aked, Litt.D.
Thomas Donald Campbell
Robert Ernest Cowan, M.A.
Alice Gentle, M.Mus.
Bartholomew Fuller Huske, D.D.
Jane Bancroft Robinson, LL.D.
Merle Negley Smith, LL.D.
Saturday, June 7 1930 Bishop Charles Wesley Burns John Adams, Litt.D.
Walter Sydney Adams, Sc.D.
Fred Aden, D.Ped.
Visconte de Casa Aguilar, Sc.D. (Spain)
Waldo E. Alborto, D.F.S. (Bolivia)
Wilder Dwight Bancroft, Sc.D.
Jorge Bocobo, LL.D. (Philippines)
Carrie Jacobs Bond, M.Mus.
Frank A. Bouelle, D.Ped.
Warren Bradley Bovard, M.B.A.
Henry K. Chang, D.F.S. (China)
Charles C. Chapman, (M.A.)
Hugh H. Cynn, LL.D.
George Davidson, LL.D.
Ralph Emerson Davis, D.D.
Pedro J. DeLarralde, Sc.D.
Max Ferrand, LL.D.
Juan Carlos Godoy, D.F.S. (Argentina)
Ezra Anthony Healy, LL.D.
Otton Von Hentig, D.F.S.
Felix B. Janovsky, D.F.S. (Czechoslovakia)
Vierling Kersey, D.Ped.
Mei Lan-Fang, Litt.D. (China)
Elias Potter Lyon, Sc.D.
Maegaret Matzenauer, D.Mus.
Frank A. Miller, M.A.
Luis Maria Mora, D.F.S. (Columbia)
Jean Morel, D.F.S. (France)
William Bennett Munro, Litt.D.
Andrew D. Nelson, D.F.S.
Gurney Elwood Newlin, LL.D.
Henry C. Niese, D.F.S.
Richard Lyle Nosworthy, D.F.S.
Carl Omeron, M.Mus.
F. Alfonso Pesqueira, D.F.S.
William B. Pettus, D.Ped.
Alberto Mellini Ponce de Leon, D.F.S. (Italy)
John Adams, Litt.D.
Walter Sydney Adams, Sc.D.
Fred Aden, D.Ped.
Visconte de Casa Aguilar, Sc.D. (Spain)
Waldo E. Alborto, D.F.S. (Bolivia)
Wilder Dwight Bancroft, Sc.D.
Jorge Bocobo, LL.D. (Philippines)
Carrie Jacobs Bond, M.Mus.
Frank A. Bouelle, D.Ped.
Warren Bradley Bovard, M.B.A.
Henry K. Chang, D.F.S. (China)
Charles C. Chapman, (M.A.)
Hugh H. Cynn, LL.D.
George Davidson, LL.D.
Ralph Emerson Davis, D.D.
Pedro J. DeLarralde, Sc.D.
Max Ferrand, LL.D.
Juan Carlos Godoy, D.F.S. (Argentina)
Ezra Anthony Healy, LL.D.
Otton Von Hentig, D.F.S.
Felix B. Janovsky, D.F.S. (Czechoslovakia)
Vierling Kersey, D.Ped.
Mei Lan-Fang, Litt.D. (China)
Elias Potter Lyon, Sc.D.
Maegaret Matzenauer, D.Mus.
Frank A. Miller, M.A.
Luis Maria Mora, D.F.S. (Columbia)
Jean Morel, D.F.S. (France)
William Bennett Munro, Litt.D.
Andrew D. Nelson, D.F.S.
Gurney Elwood Newlin, LL.D.
Henry C. Niese, D.F.S.
Richard Lyle Nosworthy, D.F.S.
Carl Omeron, M.Mus.
F. Alfonso Pesqueira, D.F.S.
William B. Pettus, D.Ped.
Alberto Mellini Ponce de Leon, D.F.S. (Italy)
Saturday, June 6 1931 No Speaker Franco Bruno Averrardi, Litt.D. (Italy)
Henri Alfred Noel Didot, D.F.S. (France)
Claire Dux, M.Mus.
Wilbur Fisk, D.D.
Odd S. Halseth, M.S.
George Liebling, M.Mus.
Robert A. Millikin, LL.D.
Chester R. Montague, D.D.
Sir William Mulock, LL.D. (Canada)
Edward Ray Speare, D.B.A.
Edwin Miller Starbuck, Honorary Fellow, School of Philosophy
Walter Torbet, D.D.
Ferdinand Veverka, LL.D.
Franco Bruno Averrardi, Litt.D. (Italy)
Henri Alfred Noel Didot, D.F.S. (France)
Claire Dux, M.Mus.
Wilbur Fisk, D.D.
Odd S. Halseth, M.S.
George Liebling, M.Mus.
Robert A. Millikin, LL.D.
Chester R. Montague, D.D.
Sir William Mulock, LL.D. (Canada)
Edward Ray Speare, D.B.A.
Edwin Miller Starbuck, Honorary Fellow, School of Philosophy
Walter Torbet, D.D.
Ferdinand Veverka, LL.D.
Saturday, June 4 1932 No Speaker Henry Russell Ballard, D.B.A.
Margaret Geraldine Carr, M.A.
George Albert Coe, Litt.D.
Adrian Hartog, D.F.S.
Arthur Isaac Kendall, Sc.D.
Kathryn Meisle, M.Mus.
James M. Sheridan, D.F.S. (Brazil)
William Van Wyck, Litt.D. (In Absentia)
Henry Russell Ballard, D.B.A.
Margaret Geraldine Carr, M.A.
George Albert Coe, Litt.D.
Adrian Hartog, D.F.S.
Arthur Isaac Kendall, Sc.D.
Kathryn Meisle, M.Mus.
James M. Sheridan, D.F.S. (Brazil)
William Van Wyck, Litt.D. (In Absentia)
Saturday, June 3 1933 No Speaker Harry Chandler, Litt.D.
Wilbur L.Y. Davis, Litt.D.
Angel Guido, D.F.A.
William W. Kaler, D.D.
Richard Henry Leigh, Sc.D.
Bertha A. Rose, M.B.A.
Howard Sargent Wilkinson, D.D.
Soo Tsing Catherine Woo, D.Ped.
Publisher, Los Angeles Times; real-estate mogul






Thursday, June 14 1934 No Speaker Woldemar de Barkow, D.F.S. (In Absentia)
Josef de Sigall, D.F.S.
Frank B. Fagerburg, D.D.
Emory A. Foster, D.Ped.
John Peabody Harrington, Sc.D.
Alfred Inwood, D.D.
Bruno David Ussher, D.Mus.
Woldemar de Barkow, D.F.S. (In Absentia)
Josef de Sigall, D.F.S.
Frank B. Fagerburg, D.D.
Emory A. Foster, D.Ped.
John Peabody Harrington, Sc.D.
Alfred Inwood, D.D.
Bruno David Ussher, D.Mus.
Saturday, June 8 1935 No Speaker William Miller Bowen, D.C.L.
Andrew M. Chaffey, LL.D.
Mrs. Harriet Alice Kuser Cochran, M.A.
Clark W. Hetherington, D.Ped.
Golder Lawrence, D.D.
de Abreu Filho Pedro Nabuco, D.F.S. (Brazil–In Absentia)
Percival Densmore Perkins, M.A.
Carl Emil Seashore, Sc.D.
Joseph Widney, D.D.








Second president of USC; founding president, LA County Medical Association
Saturday, June 6 1936 No Speaker Spencer R. Atkinson, Sc.D.
Harry Beal, D.D.
George Oliver Curme, LL.D.
Dimitri Dimancesco, D.F.S.
George Dock, LL.D.
Masanji Hachisuka, Sc.D. (Japan)
Rockwell Dennis Hunt, Litt.D.
Robert Anderson McKibben, D.D.
John Pelenji, LL.D.
Rear Admiral David F. Sellers, Sc.D.
Roy Lemon Smith, S.T.D.
Albert Lee Stephens, D.C.L.
Everett Guy Talbott, D.D.
Francis A. Walsh, M.Pharm.
Spencer R. Atkinson, Sc.D.
Harry Beal, D.D.
George Oliver Curme, LL.D.
Dimitri Dimancesco, D.F.S.
George Dock, LL.D.
Masanji Hachisuka, Sc.D. (Japan)
Rockwell Dennis Hunt, Litt.D.
Robert Anderson McKibben, D.D.
John Pelenji, LL.D.
Rear Admiral David F. Sellers, Sc.D.
Roy Lemon Smith, S.T.D.
Albert Lee Stephens, D.C.L.
Everett Guy Talbott, D.D.
Francis A. Walsh, M.Pharm.
Saturday, June 5 1937 No Speaker Thomas S. Curtis, Sc.D.
Esther N. de Calvo, D.Ped. (Panama)
G. Allan Hancock, D.B.A.
Tomokazu Hori, D.F.S. (Japan)
Harold William Roberts, M.Mus.
John Smallman, M.Mus.
Thomas S. Curtis, Sc.D.
Esther N. de Calvo, D.Ped. (Panama)
G. Allan Hancock, D.B.A.
Tomokazu Hori, D.F.S. (Japan)
Harold William Roberts, M.Mus.
John Smallman, M.Mus.
Saturday, June 4 1938 No Speaker Gilmor Brown, Litt.D.
Walter E. Disney, Sc.M.
John P. Erdman, D.D.
Heinrich Gomperz, LL.D.
Clarence H. Matson, M.F.S.
Harry I. Rasmus, D.D.
Edward Sydney Rogers, Pharm.D.
F. Marion Smith, D.D.
Mrs. Thomas G. Winter, Litt.D.

Film and animation pioneer





Saturday, June 10 1939 No Speaker John Nolan Ashley, D.D.
Admiral Claude Charles Bloch, Sc.D.
Albert Edward Day, Litt.D.
William Webster Fleetwood, D.D.
Paul Grey Hoffman, D.P.A.
Frank J. Hogan, D.C.L.
Louis J. Hopkins, M.A.
Robinson Jeffers, Litt.D.
John Nolan Ashley, D.D.
Admiral Claude Charles Bloch, Sc.D.
Albert Edward Day, Litt.D.
William Webster Fleetwood, D.D.
Paul Grey Hoffman, D.P.A.
Frank J. Hogan, D.C.L.
Louis J. Hopkins, M.A.
Robinson Jeffers, Litt.D.
Saturday, June 5 1940 No Speaker Bishop James Chamberlain Baker, LL.D.
Remsen DuBois Bird, Litt.D.
Frederic Howes Blair, D.D.
Walter Coleman Buckner, D.D.
Daniel Bowman Jackling, Engr.D.
Elmer Ray Jones, D.B.A.
Jeremiah Beverly Lillard, D.Ped.
Chester Bertram Rappe, D.D.
Thomas Watson, D.B.A.
Frances M. Harmon Zahn, M.A.
Bishop James Chamberlain Baker, LL.D.
Remsen DuBois Bird, Litt.D.
Frederic Howes Blair, D.D.
Walter Coleman Buckner, D.D.
Daniel Bowman Jackling, Engr.D.
Elmer Ray Jones, D.B.A.
Jeremiah Beverly Lillard, D.Ped.
Chester Bertram Rappe, D.D.
Thomas Watson, D.B.A.
Frances M. Harmon Zahn, M.A.
Saturday, June 7 1941 No Speaker Henry H. Arnold, Sc.D.
Mary Sinclair Crawford, Litt.D.
Nelson Eddy, M.Mus.
Rebecca Whitehead Gibbs, M.A. (In Absentia)
James Lewis Gillies, D.D.
Octavio Mendes-Pereira, LL.D.
Henry Davis Ross, D.C.L.
Frederick Belrose Trotter, D.D.
Bruno Walter, D.Mus.
Henry H. Arnold, Sc.D.
Mary Sinclair Crawford, Litt.D.
Nelson Eddy, M.Mus.
Rebecca Whitehead Gibbs, M.A. (In Absentia)
James Lewis Gillies, D.D.
Octavio Mendes-Pereira, LL.D.
Henry Davis Ross, D.C.L.
Frederick Belrose Trotter, D.D.
Bruno Walter, D.Mus.
Saturday, June 6 1942 No Speaker Clyde E. Boyer, D.D.
Gordon C. Chapman, D.D.
Cecil B. De Mille, D.F.A.
William G. Grimes, M.Sc.
Frank Hansen, M.Sc.
Cordell Hull, LL.D. (In Absentia)
Ralph Lutz, LL.D.
Charles E. Martin, LL.D.
Vice Admiral Joseph M. Reeves, Sc.D. (In Absentia)
Robert O. Schad, M.A.
George A. Warmer, D.D.
Clyde E. Boyer, D.D.
Gordon C. Chapman, D.D.
Cecil B. De Mille, D.F.A.
William G. Grimes, M.Sc.
Frank Hansen, M.Sc.
Cordell Hull, LL.D. (In Absentia)
Ralph Lutz, LL.D.
Charles E. Martin, LL.D.
Vice Admiral Joseph M. Reeves, Sc.D. (In Absentia)
Robert O. Schad, M.A.
George A. Warmer, D.D.
Sunday, January 31 1943 Bishop Adna Wright Leonard, D.D., L.H.D., LL.D. WINTER CONVOCATION
The Demand for a Trained Man For a Mechanical Age
Sunday, May 23 1943 Reverend Donald Harvey Tippett, B.D., A.M., D.D. Pastor, First Methodist Church, Los Angeles SPRING CONVOCATION
Awake and Sing
Henry J. Bauer, LL.D.
John R. Beardall, Sc.D. (In Absentia)
Willis H. Booth, LL.D.
Kenneth L. Danskin, D.D.
John Godfrey Hill, Litt.D.
Frederick W. Hodge, Litt.D.
Ralston Smith Holmes, Sc.D.
Ezequiel Padilla, LL.D. (Mexico)
John Gray Ross, D.D.
Donald Harvey Tippett, Litt.D.
Henry J. Bauer, LL.D.
John R. Beardall, Sc.D. (In Absentia)
Willis H. Booth, LL.D.
Kenneth L. Danskin, D.D.
John Godfrey Hill, Litt.D.
Frederick W. Hodge, Litt.D.
Ralston Smith Holmes, Sc.D.
Ezequiel Padilla, LL.D. (Mexico)
John Gray Ross, D.D.
Donald Harvey Tippett, Litt.D.
Sunday, October 17 1943 Rufus Bernhard von KleinSmid, Ph. et Litt.D. President, USC FALL CONVOCATION
Sunday, February 27 1944 Rear Admiral Ralston Smith Holmes U.S. Navy (Retired) WINTER CONVOCATION
Sunday, June 25 1944 Frederick Brown Harris Chaplain, United States Senate and Pastor, Foundry Methodist Church of Washington, D.C. SPRING CONVOCATION Harril S. Dyer, D.D. (In Absentia)
Douglas L. Edmonds, LL.D.
Reed Marquette Fawell, D.Nav.Sc.
Frederick Brown Harris, LL.D.
Floyd S. Hayden, D.Ped.
Lee M. Merriam, M.A.
Wendell LeRoy Miller, D.D.
Adelaide Trowbridge Perry, M.A.
Davol Sanders, M.A.
George Herbert Smith, LL.D.
Harril S. Dyer, D.D. (In Absentia)
Douglas L. Edmonds, LL.D.
Reed Marquette Fawell, D.Nav.Sc.
Frederick Brown Harris, LL.D.
Floyd S. Hayden, D.Ped.
Lee M. Merriam, M.A.
Wendell LeRoy Miller, D.D.
Adelaide Trowbridge Perry, M.A.
Davol Sanders, M.A.
George Herbert Smith, LL.D.
Sunday, October 22 1944 Reverend Willsie M. Marin, D.D. Pastor, Wilshire Methodist Church FALL CONVOCATION
An Appointment with Destiny
Sunday, February 25 1945 Reverend Albert Edward Day, A.M., D.D., Litt.D. Pastor, First Methodist Church, Pasadena WINTER CONVOCATION
A Democratic Faith for a Chaotic Era
Saturday, June 23 1945 Rufus B. Kleinsmid, Sc.D, Ph. et Litt.D., LL.D. President, USC SPRING CONVOCATION Richard J. Alfaro, LL.D. (Panama)
Victor Andres Belaunde, LL.D. (Peru)
George Collier, D.Ped.
Camilo Ponce Enriquez, LL.D. (Ecuador)
Herbert Vere Evatt, LL.D. (Australia)
Helen Elizabeth Haines, M.A.
Roberto Jimenez, LL.D. (Panama)
Felco Van Kleffens, LL.D. (Netherlands–In Absentia)
Francisco Castillo Najera, LL.D. (Mexico)
Caracciolo Parra Perez, LL.D. (Venezuela–In Absentia)
Walter Lewis Treadway, Sc.D.
Yi-Fang Wu, LL.D.

Peruvian diplomat

Equadorian political figure
Australian jurist, judge, lawyer, politician, parliamentarian and writer
Library educator, writer, and activist

Politician and diplomat of the Netherlands
Mexican diplomat and politician; Secretary of Foreign Affairs 1945-46; president of the Assembly of League of Nations from 1934-5


First female university president in China (Ginling College)
Sunday, October 14 1945 The Honorable Earl Warren Governor of the State of California FALL CONVOCATION Earl Warren, LL.D. 30th Governor, State of California; Former Attorney General, State of California
Sunday, February 24 1946 Reverend Louis H. Evans, D.D., LL.D. Pastor, First Presbytarian Church of Hollywood WINTER CONVOCATION
The Modern Alphabet
Saturday, June 15 1946 Eric A. Johnston, LL.B., LL.D. SPRING CONVOCATION
The Unexplored Continent
Herbert Douglas Austin, Litt.D.
Asa V. Call, LL.D.
Ramon Cordova, D.D.S.
Dean Bartlett Cromwell, M.A.
Sayed Jamul Dauoud El Mussellamy
(Saudi Arabia–In Absentia)
Arthur T. Hobson, D.D.
Eric A. Johnston, LL.D.
Professor of Italian at USC and the University of Michigan
Asa V. Call, LL.D.
Ramon Cordova, D.D.S.
Head coach of the USC track team (12 NCAA championships, 34 individual NCAA titles); head coach of the U.S. track team at the 1948 London Olympic games
Sayed Jamul Dauoud El Mussellamy
(Saudi Arabia–In Absentia)
Arthur T. Hobson, D.D.
President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; President of the MPAA
Saturday, June 14 1947 Donald M. Nelson Youth and the New Day Maurice Block, D.F.A.
Jaime Torres Bodet, LL.D. (Mexico)
George Raymond Cowgill, Sc.D.
K. Morgan Edwards, D.D.
Donald Nelson, D.B.A.
Helen Traubel, Mus.D.
William Clarence Wright, D.D.
German-French statistician and economist
Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations, former Mexican Secretary of Public Education

noted preacher and church leader; First United Methodist Church in Glendale; Claremont School of Theology faculty member
Chairman of the War Production Board; President of the Society of Independent Motion Pictures Producers
American Opera and concert singer
(posthumous) U.S. Representative from Georgia
Saturday, June 12 1948 William C. Mullendore President, Southern California Edison Company Edwin DeWitt Dickinson, LL.D.
William Clinton Mullendore, LL.D.
Waldo LaSalle Schmitt, Sc.D.
Rufus Bernhard von KleinSmid, LL.D.
Former president, USC (1921-1946); USC chancellor
Saturday, June 11 1949 Virgil M. Hancher President, State University of Iowa Virgil Melvin Hancher, LL.D.
Ernest Orlando Lawrence, Sc.D.
Glenn L. Martin, Sc.D.
Franklin Thomas, Engr.D.
Lewis Madison Terman, LL.D.
Thirteenth President, State University of Iowa
Physicist; Nobel Laureate
Founder, Glenn L. Martin Company (later Lockheed Martin)
President, American Society of Civil Engineers
Psychologist; Inventor, Stanford-Binet IQ Test
Saturday, June 17 1950 Fred G. Gurley President, The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway System Anton Julius Allen, Sc.D.
Frederick Morgan Davenport, LL.D.
Fred G. Gurley, LL.D.
Joseph Henry Jackson, Litt.D.
John Wesley Shenk, LL.D.

Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from NY
President and Executive Committee Chairman of the Santa Fe
President of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
Supreme Court Justice
Saturday, June 16 1951 Raymond B. Allen President, University of Washington Raymond Bernard Allen, LL.D.
James Lyndon Beebe, LL.D.
Glenn Randall Phillips, LL.D.
Alfred Franz Wallenstein, Mus.D.
Albert Coady Wedemeyer, LL.D.
President, University of Washington
Head of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

Cellist; Conductor
American Soldier
Saturday, June 14 1952 Benjamin F. Fairless Chairman and Preisdent, United States Steel Corporation Loren Roscoe Chandler, Sc.D.
Benjamin F. Fairless, L.H.D.
William Harrison Standley, LL.D.
Professor of surgery & dean, Stanford University School of Medicine
President, US Steel
U.S. Admiral; former Chief of Naval Operations; former ambassador to the USSR
Saturday, June 13 1953 The Honorable William F. Knowland United States Senator from California William Churchill deMille, Litt.D.
Senator William Fife Knowland, LL.D.
Seeley Greenleaf Mudd, M.D., LL.D.
Burrell Oto Raulston, Sc.D.
Louise Treadwell Tracy, L.H.D.
Screenwriter; Film Director (Silent Film); Playwright
Politician; Newspaperman; Republican Party leader
Physician; Professor; Philanthropist
Burrell Oto Raulston, Sc.D.
Philanthropist
Saturday, June 12 1954 David Sarnoff Chairman, RCA LeRoy Mallory Edwards, D.B.A.
Y. Frank Freeman, LL.D.
Arthur William Radford, LL.D.
David Sarnoff, LL.D.

Executive, Paramount Studios
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Founder, National Broadcasting Company
Saturday, June 11 1955 The Honorable Allen Shivers Governor of the State of Texas Frank Condie Baxter, Litt.D.
Francis Eric Bloy, D.S.T.
Carl Ebert, D.F.A.
Allan Shivers, LL.D.
Television Personality; Educator
Former Episcopal Bishop, Los Angeles;
German Theatre and Opera Producer; Administrator
37th Governor, State of Texas
Saturday, June 9 1956 Harry F. Vickers President, Sperry Rand Corporation General Curtis E. LeMay, LL.D.
Rabbi Edgar F. Magnin, D.S.T.
Harry F. Vickers, Sc.D.
Arthur Joseph Will, D.C.L.
Former General, United States Air Force
Rabbi and Spiritual leader, Congregation B’nai B’rith/ Wilshire Boulevard Temple
Inventor; Industrialist
Chief Administrative Officer of Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Saturday, June 15 1957 Herbert Hoover, Jr. Consulting Engineering Lee Alvin DuBridge, LL.D.
Herbert Hoover, Jr., LL.D.
James Francis Cardinal McIntyre, LL.D.
Charles Elvon Musick, LL.D.
Louise Yim, L.H.D.
President, California Institute of Technology and former presidential Science Advisor to Harry Truman
President, Hoover Company
Archbishop of Los Angeles
Attorney and USC benefactor
Founder, Chung-Ang University (Korea)
Saturday, June 14 1958 Lewis L. Strauss Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission Norman Chandler, LL.D.
Hervey Ganse Little, Sc.D.
Lewis L. Strauss, LL.D.
Theodore Von Karman, Sc.D.
Publisher, Los Angeles Times; philanthropist
President, Board of Christian Education
Chairman, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, and Acting Secretary of Commerce
Renowned physicist and Aeronatuical and Astronautical Engineer
Thursday, June 11 1959 Gaylord P. Harnwell President, University of Pennsylvania Education for Liberalism Leonidas C. Contos, C.S.T.
Gaylord P. Harnwell, Sc.D.
Frank Lester King, LL.D.
David X. Marks, L.H.D.
Robert Burns Woodward. Sc.D.
Dean, St. Sophia Cathedral, Los Angeles
President, University of Pennsylvania

USC benefactor
Renowned organic chemist
Thursday, June 9 1960 J.E. Wallace Sterling President, Stanford University An Educated Person James Albert Pike, LL.D.
Albert S. Raubenheimer, Sc.D.
J.E. Wallace Sterling, Litt.D.
Edward Teller, Sc.D.
Gwynn Wilson, L.H.D.
Fifth Bishop of California
USC Professor, Dean, President of Academic Affairs
President, Stanford University
Theoretical physicist; Director, Lawrence Livermore National Library
Former USC Graduate Manager (now called Athletic Director), USC benefactor
Thursday, June 11 1961 Henry T. Heald President, Ford Foundation Morality in a Free Society George Cupp Griffith, Sc.D.
Allan Nevins, LL.D.
Patricia Ryan Nixon, L.H.D.
Franklin Sanborn Wade, LL.D.
Alan Tower Waterman, Sc.D.
USC Professor of Medicine and Coordinator of Cardiovascular Teaching
Historian, author, journalist
Wife of Richard Nixon, avid campaigner, USC alumna

First Director, U.S. National Science Foundation
Thursday, June 14 1962 Ernest S. Marsh President, The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company Gene Ebert Bartlett, LL.D.
Charles Lilly Horn, Ll.D.
Robert Ladd Gifford, L.H.D.
Joy Paul Guilford, Sc.D.
Sterling Moss McMurrin, LL.D.
Ernest Sterling Marsh, LL.D.
President, Colgate Rochester Divinity School
President, F.W. Olin Foundation

Prominent Psychologist, USC Faculty
United States Commissioner of Education
President, Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company
Thursday, June 13 1963 Norman Topping President, USC Senator Thomas Henry Kuchel, LL.D.
William Samuel Meyer, D.S.T.
John McDonald Pfiffner, D.C.L.
Norman Topping, Sc.D.
James O. Wynn, LL.D.
California Senator

Respected author on Public Administration
President of USC; 2-time alumnus
Initial Co-Manager, F.W. Olin Foundation
Thursday, June 11 1964 T. Keith Glennan President, Case Institute of Technology Arthur Gardiner Coons, LL.D.
Thomas Keith Glennan, Sc.D.
Nelson Glueck, D.S.T.
Clarence Leonard Johnson, Sc.D.
Harold Quinton, LL.D.
President, Occidental College
First administrator, NASA
President, Hebrew Union College
Prominent aircraft engineer and aeronautical innovator
Thursday, June 10 1965 John W. Gardner President of Carnegie Corporation of New York Charles Stephen Casassa, D.S.T.
Leonard Kimball Firestone, LL.D.
John Alex McCone, LL.D.
Irving Stone, Litt.D.

President, Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. of California; USC Trustee
U.S. Director of Central Intelligence
Acclaimed writer and biographer
Thursday, February 3 1966 Franklin D. Murphy Chancellor, University of California at Los Angeles Midyear Commencement Franklin David Murphy, LL.D.
Howard Wesley Patmore, L.H.D.
John Edwin Pomfret, Litt.D.
Chancellor, UCLA

Director, Henry E. Hungtington Library and Art Gallery; former president, College of William and Mary
Thursday, June 9 1966 Mark O. Hatfield Governor of the State of Oregon Mark Odom Hatfield, LL.D.
H. Leslie Hoffman, LL.D.
D. Welty Lefever, Sc.D.
Randall Clinger Phillips, D.S.T.
Tracy E. Strevey, LL.D.
29th Governor of Oregon
Owner, Hoffman Electronics Corporation
USC Professor, USC’s first Ph.D. recipient

USC Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dean of the College; USC Professor
Wednesday, February 1 1967 Jesse M. Unruh Speaker of the Assembly, State of California Midyear Commencement Lloyd Lewis Austin, LL.D.
Clinton Conroy Trillingham, LL.D.
Jesse Marvin Unruh, LL.D.

Los Angeles County School Superintendent
Speaker of the California State Assembly
Thursday, June 8 1967 Thomas H. Hamilton President, University of Hawaii Theodore His-En Chen, LL.D.
Thomas Hale Hamilton, LL.D.
Lloyd Freeman Hunt, Engr.D.
William Woodward Keith, LL.D.
Robert Rankin, L.H.D.
Former Chairman, USC Department of Asian Studies
Former President, University of Hawaii
Electrical engineer; USC Benefactor

Wednesday, January 31 1968 Richard C. Gilman President, Occidental College Midyear Commencement Réné François Béllé, Litt.D.
Roy Palmenter Crocker, LL.D.
Richard Carleton Gilman, LL.D.
Harold Coleman Morton, LL.D.

USC Benefactor
Former President, Occidental College
Thursday, June 6 1968 Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. President, University of Notre Dame George Dewey Cukor, D.F.A.
Ralph Gwin Follis, Sc.D.
Alfred Gottschalk, D.S.T.
Theodore Martin Hesburgh, LL.D.
Bruce Robert McElderry, Jr., Litt.D.
Henry Salvatori, Sc.D.
John Wayne, D.F.A.
Accomplished film director
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Standard Oil Company of California
Dean, Hebrew Union College
President, University of Notre Dame
USC English Professor
Founder, Western Geophysical; USC benefactor
Actor, director, producer; former USC student
Wednesday, January 29 1969 Joseph B. Platt President, Harvey Mudd College Midyear Commencement Robert Elton Brooker, LL.D.
Morris Myron Mautner, LL.D.
Joseph Beaven Platt, LL.D.
Walter Marty Schirra, Jr., Sc.D.
Robert Evans Vivian, Sc.D.
Chairman, Montgomery Ward & Co.
USC Professor
President, Harvey Mudd College
Astronaut, Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions
Dean, USC School of Engineering
Thursday, June 5 1969 Robert H. Finch Secretary, Health, Education, and Welfare Robert Hutchinson Finch, LL.D.
Max Thomas Krone, Litt.D. (In Absentia)
Donald Paul Merrifield, D.S.T.
Kenneth True Norris, Engr.D.
U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare
Former Dean, USC School of Fine Arts

CEO, Norris Industries; USC benefactor
Tuesday, January 27 1970 Jack P. Crowther Superintendent, Los Angeles City Schools (Retired) Midyear Commencement Sidney William Brossman, LL.D.
Jack Page Crowther, LL.D.
Robert Alfred Hornby, LL.D.
Louis Peter Thorpe, LL.D.
Chancellor, California Community Collges; former USC professor
Superintendent, Los Angeles City Schools (Retired)
Trustee, California State University
Thursday, June 4 1970 John A. Volpe Secretary of Transportation John David Alexander, Jr., LL.D.
Justin Whitlock Dart, LL.D.
Robert Loron Rutherford, LL.D.
John Anthony Volpe, LL.D.
President, Pomona College
Drug Store Pioneer

Secretary of Transportation
Wednesday, February 3 1971 Roger O. Egeberg Assistant Secretary, Health and Scientific Affairs, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare Midyear Commencement Herbert Busemann, LL.D.
Leonard Davis, LL.D.
Roger Olaf Egeberg, LL.D.
John Robert Fluor, LL.D.
USC Professor and researcher
Founder, Colonial Penn Group; USC benefactor
Assistant Secretary, Health and Scientific Affairs, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
CEO, Fluor Corporation; USC Trustee
Thursday, June 10 1971 Ernest L. Boyer Chancellor, State University of New York Ernest Leroy Boyer, LL.D.
Allan Rex Sandage, LL.D.
Charles Bates Thornton, LL.D.
Chancellor, State University of New York system
Astronomer; National Medal of Science recipient
Founder, Litton Industries; USC Trustee
Thursday, February 3 1972 Simon Ramo Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee, TRW, Inc. Midyear Commencement John Robert Crown, LL.D.
Helen Eastman Martin, LL.D.
Simon Ramo, LL.D.
John Stauffer, LL.D.

USC Keck School of Medicine physician and medical pioneer
President, Bunker-Ramo; founding member, National Academy of Engineering; Physicist; Engineer;USC benefactor
Thursday, June 8 1972 Otto N. Miller Chairman, Standard Oil Company of California Jack King Horton, LL.D.
Thomas Kilgore, Jr., LL.D.
Albert Calder Mackay, LL.D.
Otto Neil Miller, LL.D.
Marguerite Wilbur Taylor, LL.D.
Neil Dille Warren, LL.D.
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Southern California Edison Co.; USC Trustee
Civil Rights Activist; Pastor Emeritus, Second Baptist Church
Albert Calder Mackay, LL.D.
Former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Chevron Corporation
Marguerite Wilbur Taylor, LL.D.
Neil Dille Warren, LL.D.
Thursday, February 1 1973 Nancy Hanks Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts, National Council of the Arts Midyear Commencement Nancy Hanks, LL.D.
Ramon Jose Sender, LL.D.
Robert Dennis Wood, LL.D.


Thursday, June 7 1973 Walter L. Ely, Jr. Judge, United States Court of Appeals Anna Bing Arnold, LL.D.
Walter Raleigh, Jr., LL.D.
Frank Dexter Lanterman, LL.D.
Gregor Piatigorsky, LL.D.
Jack Harold Skirball, LL.D.
Philanthropist
Former Assistant State Attorney General, Texas; Former Federal Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
Former Assembly Member, California; Philanthropist
Cellist
Founder, Los Angeles School of Hebrew Union College; Independent Film Producer; Philanthropist
Wednesday, January 30 1974 Frank Stanton Past President and Vice Chairman of CBS Midyear Commencement Ariel Durant, LL.D.
William Durant, LL.D.
Robert Dean Fisher, LL.D.
Howard Payne House, LL.D.
Gordon Norton Ray, LL.D.
Forrest Nelson Shumway, LL.D.
Frank Stanton, LL.D.
Writer
Writer; Historian; Philosopher

Founder, House Ear Institute

Former Executive Committee Chairman, Allied Signal Inc.; Former Director, Alcoa Inc.
Thursday, June 6 1974 Robert L. Lumiansky Avalon Professor in the Humanities Richard Bellman, LL.D. (In Absentia)
Dorothy Buffum Chandler, LL.D.
Robert Mayer Lumiansky, LL.D.
Carey McWilliam, LL.D.
Carl William Segerhammar, LL.D.
Jack Leonard Warner, LL.D. (In Absentia)
Raymond Aneas Watt, LL.D.
Applied Mathematician
Cultural Leader, Los Angeles


Carl William Segerhammar, LL.D.
Jack Leonard Warner, LL.D. (In Absentia)
Raymond Aneas Watt, LL.D.
Wednesday, January 29 1975 Wilson C. Riles California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Midyear Commencement Wilson Camaza Riles, LL.D.
Paul Anthony Samuelson, LL.D.
John Cree Wilson, Jr., LL.D.
James Skelly Wright, LL.D.
Former Superintendent of Public Instruction, California
Economist; Nobel Prize, Economics

Judge, United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
Thursday, June 5 1975 Robert W. Sarnoff Chairman and CEO, RCA Corporation Helen Kelly, LL.D.
Gordon Stanley Marshall, LL.D.
Irving Robert Melbo, LL.D.
Robert William Sarnoff, LL.D.
William Grant Still, LL.D.

Founder, Marshall Industries;Electronics Entrpreneur; Former USC Trustee
Former Dean, USC Rossier School of Education
Chairman, RCA
Composer, Classical
Tuesday, January 27 1976 Charles Eames Midyear Commencement Theodore Eugene Cummings, LL.D.
Charles Eames, LL.D.
H.Claude Hudson, LL.D.
USC Trustee; member of U.S. Committee on the Health Services Industry, Cost of Living Council
Influential designer and architect
Founder, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; Civil Rights Activist; Businessman
Thursday, June 3 1976 Rosemary Murray Vice Chancellor, University of Cambridge Justin Casalduero, LL.D.
Montgomery Ross Fisher, LL.D.
Alfred Gottschalk, LL.D.
Shirley Mount Hufstedler, LL.D.
Rosemary Murray, LL.D.

Founder and President, construction business; Former USC Trustee
Former President and Chancellor, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Former United States Secretary of Education;Attorney
Chemist; Educator; University Administrator
Tuesday, February 1 1977 The Honorable David L. Bazelon Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit Midyear Commencement David Lionel Bazelon, LL.D.
Hugh Allen Edmondson, LL.D.
Former Justice, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
Thursday, June 9 1977 Daniel J. Boorstin Historian and the Librarian of Congress Walter Hubert Annenberg, LL.D.
Daniel Joseph Boorstin, LL.D.
Martin Emil Marty, LL.D.
Paul Whitney Trousdale, LL.D.
Konrad Wachsmann, LL.D.
Publisher; Philanthropist; Diplomat
Historian; Professor; Attorney; Author; Former Librarian, United States Congress
Lutheran Religious Scholar; Professor; Former Interim President, St. Olaf College; Columnist; Author
Real Estate Developer; Former USC Trustee
Modernist Architect
Tuesday, January 31 1978 The Honorable Dean Rusk Samuel H. Sibley Professor of International Law, The University of Georgia Midyear Commencement Donald Alfred Davie, Doctor of Literature
Margaret Weyerhaeuser Driscoll, Doctor of Humane Letters
Dean Rusk, Doctor of Laws
Francis Parker Shepard, Doctor of Science
English Movement Poet; Literary Critic

Former United States Secretary of State
Sedimentologist
Thursday, June 8 1978 David S. Saxon President, University of California Octavio Paz, Doctor of Literature
John Robinson Pierce, Doctor of Science
John Harold Plumb, Doctor of Literature
Virginia Ramo, Doctor of Humane Letters
David Stephen Saxon, Doctor of Laws
Writer; Poet; Diplomat; Nobel Prize, Literature
Engineer; Author
Historian, 18th Century
Philanthropist; USC Benefactor
Physicist; Educator; Former President, University of California; Former Chairman of the Board, MIT
Wednesday, January 31 1979 John E. Reinhardt Director, International Communication Agency Midyear Commencement Mary Duque, Doctor of Humane Letters
Luis Simoes Lopes, Doctor of Laws
Isamu Noguchi, Doctor of Fine Arts
Helen Magaret Ranney, Doctor of Science
John Edward Reinhardt, Doctor of Laws
Former President, Children’s Hospital; Philanthropist
Portuguese leader; President, Getulio Vargas Foundation
Artist; Landscape Architect
Professor Emeritus, UC San Diego; Scientist
Former American Ambassador and Diplomat; Former Ambassador, Nigeria; Former Assistant Secretary, State for Public Affairs
Thursday, June 7 1979 Thomas Bradley Mayor, City of Los Angeles Thomas Bradley, Doctor of Laws
Arthur Frank Burns, Doctor of Science
Donald Thomas Campbell, Doctor of Science
Herbert Samuel Hazeltine, Doctor of Laws
Charles Anthony Richard Hoare, Doctor of Science
Former Mayor, Los Angeles
Economist; Former Chairman, Federal Reserve
Social Scientist
Attorney;Former Director, American Red Cross – Los Angeles; USC Life Trustee;
Computer Scientist
Thursday, January 31 1980 Andrew F. Brimmer President, Brimmer and Company, Inc. Midyear Commencement Andrew Felton Brimmer, Doctor of Laws
Joseph Oakland Hirschfelder, Doctor of Science
John Houseman, Doctor of Fine Arts
Bernice Levin Neugarten, Doctor of Science
Economist; Academic; Business Leader; Former Governor, Federal Reserve System
Chemist
Actor; Film Producer
Psychologist; President, Gerontological Society of America
Thursday, June 5 1980 Hanna H. Gray President, The University of Chicago Lester Gilbert Crocker, Doctor of Literature
Marta Feuchtwanger, Doctor of Humane Letters
Hanna Holborn Gray, Doctor of Laws
John Randolph Hubbard, Doctor of Laws
John Arthur Thomas Robinson, Doctor of Laws
Historian
Novelist
Historian; Emerita Professor, University of Chicago; President of the University of Chicago
President Emeritus, USC; Professor; USC Trustee; Former Dean and Professor, Tulane University
Scholar, New Testament; Author; Former Anglican Bishop, Woolwich; Former Dean, Trinity College
Tuesday, January 27 1981 Robert N. Butler, M.D. Director, National Institute on Aging, National Institutues of Health Midyear Commencement Sune Bergstrom, Doctor of Science
Robert Neil Butler, Doctor of Science
Max Delbruck, Doctor of Science
I.F. Stone, Doctor of Letters
Biochemist; Nobel Prize, Physiology or Medicine; Former President, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Physician; Gerontologist; Psychiatrist; Author; Former Director, National Institute on Aging
Biophysicist; Nobel Laureate
Investigative Journalist
Thursday, June 4 1981 John B. Slaughter Director, National Science Foundation Nahum Norbert Glatzer, Doctor of Laws
Carl Edward Hartnack, Doctor of Laws
John Brooks Slaughter, Doctor of Science
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, Doctor of Science
Literary Scholar; Theologian; Editor
Former President and Chairman, Security Pacific Nation Bank; USC Life Trustee
Electrical Engineer; Former President, National Science Foundation
Medical Physicist; Nobel Prize, Physiology or Medicine
Thursday, May 13 1982 John Brademas President, New York University John Brademas, Doctor of Laws
Ruth Emery, Doctor of Humane Letters
Joaquin Rodrigo, Doctor of Music
Chien-Shiung Wu, Doctor of Science
Politician; Educator; House of Representatives, United States; Former President, New York University; Former Chairman, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Composer, Classical Music; Virtuoso Pianist
Physicist
Friday, May 13 1983 Dorothy W. Nelson Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Donald J. Cram, Doctor of Science
John Tracy Ellis, Doctor of Laws
Dorothy Wright Nelson, Doctor of Laws
Chemist; Nobel Prize, Chemistry;
Historian, Catholic Church; Professor; Priest
Federal Judge, United States of America
Tuesday, May 8 1984 James H. Zumberge President, USC Betsy Ancker-Johnson, Doctor of Science
Pierre Boulez, Doctor of Music
Lionel Leo Hampton, Doctor of Music
George Thomas Scharffenberger, Doctor of Humane Letters
First female Presidential appointee, U.S. Department of Commerce; Fourth woman elected to the National Academy of Engineering
Composer, Contemporary classical music; Pianist; Conductor
Jazz Vibraphonist; Pianist; Percussionist; Bandleader; Actor
Chairman and Chief Executive Office, City Investing Company; USC Life Trustee
Friday, May 10 1985 Simon Ramo Co-founder and Director, TRW, Inc. Frank Freidel, Doctor of Literature
Sir James Lighthill, Doctor of Science
William S. Paley, Doctor of Laws
Rufino Tamayo, Doctor of Fine Arts
Historian; Biographer, Franklin Delano Roosevelt; Professor, Harvard University, University of Washington
Applied Mathematician
Chief Executive/Founder, Columbia Broadcasting System
Painter, Zapotec heritage
Friday, May 9 1986 David A. Hamburg President, Carnegie Corporation of New York Werner Arber, Doctor of Science
Ivan Alexander Getting, Doctor of Science
David Alan Hamburg, Doctor of Science
Albert Otto Hirschman, Doctor of Science
Susumu Nikaido, Doctor of Laws
Microbiologist; Geneticist; Nobel Prize, Physiology or Medicine
Physicist; Electrical Engineer
Physician; Educator; Scientist
Economist; Author;
Politician, Japan’s national assembly
Friday, May 8 1987 Lee. E. Iacocca Chairman and CEO, Chysler Corporation James S. Coleman, Doctor of Laws
Lee A. Iacocca, Doctor of Science
Frank Press, Doctor of Science
Sociological Theorist; Former President, American Sociological Association
Businessman; Former President, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Chrysler Corporation
Geophysicist; Former Science Advisor, President Jimmy Carter; Former President, U.S. National Academy of Sciences
Friday, May 6 1988 George Deukmejian Governor, State of California George Deukmejian, Doctor of Humane Letters
Sir Randolph Quirk, Doctor of Literature
Miklós Rózsa, Doctor of Music
Olga Taussky-Todd, Doctor of Science
Former Governor, California; Former Attorney General, California; Politician
Linguist; Author
Composer; Conductor; Orchestrator
Mathematician
Thursday, May 11 1989 Michael I. Sovern President, Columbia University Michael I. Sovern, Doctor of Laws
Maya Angelou, Doctor of Literature
Leroy E. Hood, Doctor of Science
Legal Scholar; Former President, Columbia University; Chancellor Kent Professor, Columbia Law School
Author; Poet; Civil Rights Activist; Film & Television Producer; Playwright; Film Director; Dancer; Actress; Professor
Biologist
Thursday, May 10 1990 Robert F. Erburu Chairman and CEO, The Times Mirror Company Kenneth O. Emery, Doctor of Science
Robert F. Erburu, Doctor of Laws
Cecil H. Green, Doctor of Humane Letters
Jean Rouch, Doctor of Literature
Marine Geologist; Author; Professor
Director, Marsh & Mclennan Companies Inc.; Chairman, Board of the National Gallery of Art
Geophysicist; Founder, Texas Instruments; Founder, University of Texas at Dallas, Green College, St. Mark’s School of Texas; Philanthropist
Filmmaker; Anthropologist
Thursday, May 9 1991 Peter V. Ueberroth President and CEO, Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee Augustus F. Hawkins, Doctor of Laws
Dorothy Leavey, Doctor of Humane Letters
Carver A. Mead, Doctor of Science
Peter V. Ueberroth, Doctor of Laws
Politician; Civil Rights Activist
Co-Founder, Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation; Philanthropist
Computer Scientist; Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Applied Science, California Institute of Technology
Executive; Former Commissioner of Major League Baseball; Former chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee
Friday, May 8 1992 Eduard A. Shevardnadze Head of the State Committee of the Republic of Georgia David H. Blackwell, Doctor of Science
Kirk Douglas, Doctor of Humane Letters
Janet Davidson Rowley, Doctor of Science
James H. Zumberge (Posthumously), Doctor of Laws
Professor Emeritus of Statistics, University of California,  Berkeley
Stage and Film Actor; Film Producer; Author
Geneticist
President Emeritus, USC; President, Grand Valley State University, Southern Methodist University
Friday, May 7 1993 Art Buchwald Columnist and Author Art Buchwald, Doctor of Literature
Yuan Tseh Lee, Doctor of Science
John David Lusk, Doctor of Humane Letters
David Elliott Rogers, Doctor of Science
Humorist; Columnist, The Washington Post
Chemist; Nobel Prize, Chemistry
Development Pioneer; Founder, Lusk Co.; Former President, Building Contractors Association
Leading medical educator; Vice Chairman, Nat’l Commission on AIDS
Friday, May 6 1994 George Lucas
Steven Spielberg
Director and Producer
Director and Producer
Ella Fitzgerald (Posthumous), Doctor of Music
George Lucas, Doctor of Fine Arts
Steven Spielberg, Doctor of Fine Arts
Jazz Vocalist
Film Director; Film Producer; Screenwriter; Founder/Chairman, Lucasfilm Ltd.
Film Director; Screenwriter; Film Producer; Video Game Designer; Studio Executive; USC Trustee
Friday, May 12 1995 George A. Olah 1994 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, USC Faculty José Donoso, Doctor of Literature
Katherine Dunham, Doctor of Fine Arts
Uri David Herscher, Doctor of Humane Letters
Masao Ito, Doctor of Science
George A. Olah, Doctor of Science
Novelist; Short story writer; Poet
Dancer; Choreographer; Songwriter; Author; Educator; Activist
Executive Founder, Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles; Rabbi; Professor
Special Advisor, RIKEN Brain Science Institute; Emeritus Professor, The University of Tokyo
Chemist; Nobel Prize, Chemistry
Friday, May 10 1996 John H. Johnson Publisher, Chairman and CEO, Johnson Publishing Company, Inc. Per-ingvar Brånemark, Doctor of Science
John Harold Johnson, Doctor of Laws
Jacquelin Perry, Doctor of Science
David L. Wolper, Doctor of Fine Arts
Orthopedic surgeon; Founder, Branemark Osseointegration Center
Businessman; Publisher; Founder, Johnson Publishing Company
Orthopaedic Surgeon; Professor Emeritus
Television producer; Film producer
Friday, May 9 1997 Jack Kemp Co-director, Empower America; Republican Nominee for Vice President Jean-Pierre Changeux, Doctor of Science
Michael Greene, Doctor of Music
Jack Kemp, Doctor of Laws
Katherine Bogdanovich Loker, Doctor of Humane Letters
Kathleen Leavey McCarthy, Doctor of Humane Letters
William Wrigley, Doctor of Humane Letters
Neuroscientist;
Chairman of National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Former Nine-Term Congressman; Republican Vice Presidential Candidate
USC Trustee; USC Benefactor
Chairperson, Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation; USC Trustee
Former Chief Executive Officer, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company; Former Chairman, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
Friday, May 8 1998 William H. Cosby, Jr. Educator and Entertainer Roy A. Anderson, Doctor of Laws
Leonore Annenberg, Doctor of Humane Letters
William H. Cosby, Jr, Doctor of Fine Arts
Quincy Jones, Doctor of Music
Edward C. Stone, Doctor of Science
USC benefactor
Former Chief of Protocol of the United States; Philanthropist
Comedian; Actor; Author; Television Producer; Educator; Musician; Activist
Conductor; Record Producer; Musical Arranger; Film Composer; Television Producer; Trumpeter
Former Director of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Professor of Physics
Friday, May 14 1999 Warren Christopher Former Secretary of State The Honorable Warren Christopher, Doctor of Humane Letters
Jon Huntsman, Doctor of Humane Letters
Rosa Parks, Doctor of Humane Letters
Flora Laney Thornton, Doctor of Humane Letters
Former Secretary of State; Former Deputy Attorney General; Diplomat; Politician
Businessman; Philanthropist
Civil Rights Activist
Philanthropist and USC benefactor
Friday, May 12 2000 Michael D. Eisner Chairman and CEO, Walt Disney Company Michael D. Eisner, Doctor of Humane Letters
Frank O. Gehry, Doctor of Fine Arts
George W. Housner, Doctor of Science
Elaine Otter Leventhal, Doctor of Humane Letters
Kenneth Leventhal, Doctor of Humane Letters
Former Chairman and CEO, the Walt Disney Company
Award winning architect
Professor of engineering, California Institute of Technology; outstanding earthquake engineer
Civic Leader; Philanthropist; USC Trustee
Chairman emeritus, Ernst and Young Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group; USC Trustee; USC benefactor
Friday, May 11 2001 Barry Munitz President and CEO, the J. Paul Getty Trust Alfred E. Mann, Doctor of Humane Letters
Barry Munitz, Doctor of Humane Letters
USC trustee; humanitarian; philanthropist
President and CEO, J. Paul Getty Trust; humanitarian
Friday, May 10 2002 David Halberstam Journalist, Author, and Historian Robert A. Day, Doctor of Humane Letters
General William Lyon, Doctor of Humane Letters
Cardinal Roger Mahoney, Doctor of Humane Letters
Reverend Doctor Cecil L. Murray, Doctor of Humane Letters
Chairman, president, CEO, W. M. Keck Foundation; philanthropist; advocate of higher education
Former chairman, president, CEO, William Lyon Homes; philanthropist; military leader
Archbishop, Archdiocese of Los Angeles; community leader
Pastor, First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles; community leader
Friday, May 16 2003 Ruth J. Simmons President, Brown University Wallis Annenberg, Doctor of Humane Letters
Mary Ellen Avery, Doctor of Science
Joseph Medicine Crow, Doctor of Humane Letters
Ruth J. Simmons, Doctor of Humane Letters
USC trustee, alumna; Vice President, Annenberg Foundation; philanthropist
Researcher; physician; President, American Association for the Advancement of Science
USC alumnus; historian
President, Brown University; advocate of higher education
Friday, May 14 2004 John McCain United States Senator Edward Witten, Doctor of Science
John McCain, Doctor of Humane Letters
Physicist; One of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people of 200
US Senator (R-AZ), 2000 Presidential candidate
Friday, May 13 2005 Neil A. Armstrong Astronaut, Wartime Aviator, Wartime Pilot, and USC Alumnus Neil A. Armstrong, Doctor of Humane Letters
Dennis F. Dougherty, Doctor of Humane Letters
Eberhardt Rechtin, Doctor of Science
Andrew J. Viterbi, Doctor of Science
John Williams, Doctor of Music
Robert Zemeckis, Doctor of Fine Arts
Astronaut; pilot; USC alumnus
USC Senior Vice President for Administration
USC Professor Emeritus and Founder, Systems Architecting and Engineering discipline
Founder, Qualcomm Corp., and USC benefactor
Film score composer, conductor
Award-winning film director, USC alumnus
Friday, May 12 2006 Antonio Villaraigosa Mayor, City of Los Angeles Vartan Gregorian, Doctor of Humane Letters
Herbert G. Klein, Doctor of Humane Letters
Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Doctor of Humane Letters
President, Carnegie Corporation of New York
Former advisor to President Nixon; former editor in chief, Copley Newspapers; USC Life Trustee and alumnus
Mayor, Los Angeles
Friday, May 11 2007 Ted Koppel Award-Winning Journalist Arvid Carlsson, Doctor of Science
Clint Eastwood, Doctor of Humane Letters
Joyce Kennard, Doctor of Laws
Ted Koppel, Doctor of Laws
Nobel laureate and scientist
Award-winning director, producer, actor, composer
California Supreme Court justice; 3-time USC alumna
Award-winning broadcast journalist
Friday, May 16 2008 Robert A. Iger President and CEO, Walt Disney Company Sweet Alice Harris, Doctor of Humane Letters
Robert A. Iger, Doctor of Humane Letters
Norman Lear, Doctor of Humane Letters
Harlyne J. Norris, Doctor of Humane Letters
Los Angeles community activist
President and CEO, the Walt Disney Company
Television and film producer; philanthropist
Leading philanthropist; USC trustee
Friday, May 15 2009 Arnold Schwarzenegger Governor, State of California Anita K. Jones, Doctor of Science
Elena Poniatowska Amor, Doctor of Literature
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Doctor of Humane Letters
Frances Wu, Doctor of Humane Letters
Director of Defense Research and Engineering for the U.S. Department of Defense
Internationally renowned journalist
Former governor, California; actor, philanthropist
USC School of Social Work alumna and benefactor; advocate for older Americans
Friday, May 14 2010 Steven B. Sample Tenth President, University of Southern California William J. Bratton, Doctor of Laws
John Hood, Doctor of Humane Letters
Ting-Kai Li, Doctor of Science
Festus Mogae, Doctor of Humane Letters
Esa-Pekka Salonen, Doctor of Music
Former LAPD police chief
Former vice chancellor, Oxford University
Scientist; physician
Former president, Botswana; HIV/AIDS activist
Composer; conductor; contemporary music advocate
Friday, May 13 2011 Steven A. Ballmer CEO, Microsoft Corporation Steven A. Ballmer, Doctor of Humane Letters
Ann E. Dunwoody, Doctor of Humane Letters
Ming Hsieh, Doctor of Humane Letters
Girish Karnad, Doctor of Humane Letters
Albie Sachs, Doctor of Humane Letters
Harald zur Hausen, Doctor of Humane Letters
Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation
Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command
Entrepreneur; Philanthropist; USC Trustee
Contemporary writer; Playwright; Screenwriter; Actor; Movie Director
Former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa; Author
German Virologist; Professor Emeritus; Nobel Prize in Medicine
Friday, May 11 2012 Christiane Amanpour Award-winning journalist, internationally-renowned reporter
for CNN and ABC
Christiane Amanpour, Doctor of Humane Letters
Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire, Doctor of Humane Letters
Dana Dornsife, Doctor of Humane Letters
David Dornsife, Doctor of Humane Letters
Victoria Hale, Doctor of Humane Letters
A. C. “Mike” Markkula, Doctor of Humane Letters
Julie Mork, Doctor of Humane Letters
John Mork, Doctor of Humane Letters
Award-winning journalist
Canadian senator, retired general, humanitarian
International humanitarian, supporter of healthcare research
USC trustee and alumnus, business leader, benefactor
Founder, Institute for OneWorld Health and Medicines360
Entrepreneur, innovator, and engineer
Philanthropist, champion of education
USC trustee and alumnus, energy entrepreneur
Friday, May 17 2013 Jimmy Iovine Legendary music producer, pioneering entrepreneur, music industry leader John Gurdon, Doctor of Science
David Henry Hwang, Doctor of Humane Letters
Jimmy Iovine, Doctor of Humane Letters
Glorya Kaufman, Doctor of Humane Letters
Edward P. Roski, Doctor of Humane Letters
Gayle Garner Roski, Doctor of Humane Letters
Developmental biologist; 2013 Nobel Prize recipient
Renowned playwright, screenwriter, librettist
Music producer; chairman of Interscope-Geffen-A&M Records; co-founder of Beats By Dr. Dre
Chamipon of the arts; founder, USC Kaufman School of Dance
USC alumnus; chairman of the USC Board of Trustees; chairman/CEO of Majestic Realty Co
Artist; philanthropic leader; named the USC Roski School of Fine Arts
Friday, May 16 2014 Marc Benioff Venerable technological innovator, esteemed entrepreneur, devoted civic leader Marc Benioff, Doctor of Humane Letters
B. Wayne Hughes, Doctor of Business Administration
Shonda L. Rhimes, Doctor of Fine Arts
Phillip A. Sharp, Doctor of Science
James H. Simons, Doctor of Humane Letters
Twyla Tharp, Doctor of Fine Arts
Venerable technological innovator, esteemed entrepreneur, devoted civic leader
Innovative business leader, esteemed USC trustee and alumnus
Award-winning creator and executive television producer, alumna of USC
Pioneering scholar, recipient of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology
Brilliant mathematician, generous philanthropist
Renowned choreographer, dancer, director, and writer