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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

It's Truly an Honor

In 1846, Emory presented its first honorary degree, a Doctor of Divinity degree, to the Rev. William H. Ellison. Since then, more than 540 men and women have received honorary degrees from the University, earning them full recognition as Emory alumni (indicated with an H following the year in which their degree was awarded).

See if you recognize these notable alumni names:

  • 2005 Tom Brokaw, journalist/author

  • 1998 His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet, Emory University Presidential Distinguished Professor

  • 1995 Hank Aaron, Baseball Hall of Fame member

  • 1992 Mikhail Gorbachev, president, Soviet Union

  • 1991 Ted Turner, entrepreneur

  • 1988 Desmond Tutu, archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa

  • 1983 Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize winner, author

  • 1979 Jimmy Carter, president of the United States, Emory University Presidential Distinguished Professor

  • 1949 Alben Barkley 1900C, vice president under Harry Truman

  • 1902 Joel Chandler Harris, Georgia-born author of the Uncle Remus stories

Photo of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama 98H by Ann Borden. Photo of Tom Brokaw from University Media Relations Press Release.

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