William & Mary

Honorary Degrees

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.

2015 Honorees

Thomas A. Graves, Jr., former William & Mary President
Grace E. Harris, former Virginia Commonwealth University Provost

View all past recipients of honorary degrees.