Honorary degrees are typically awarded by William & Mary at Charter Day and Commencement ceremonies as well as other special events to distinguished individuals. The tradition was begun in 1756 with the granting of an honorary degree to Benjamin Franklin.
Michael Clemons '89, football All-American
Millie West, Tribe Athletics coach, administrator and fundraiser
Ellen Stofan '83, NASA's chief scientist
Jack Edwards, professor of government emeritus
Thomas A. Graves, Jr., former William & Mary President
Grace E. Harris, former Virginia Commonwealth University Provost
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