Honorary Degree Recipients

An honorary degree is the highest honor a university can bestow. The following individuals have been recipients of Doctor of Humane Letters degrees, honoris causa, for exemplary service to the University of Houston or society at large. 

2014
Dinesh Singh, Ph.D.

2013
Edith Irby Jones, M.D.
Belle Griggs Johnson
The Honorable Welcome W. Wilson, Sr.

2012
Gerald D. Hines
Brien A. Holden, Ph.D.
Nicholas J. Massad
Cristina Rivera Garza, Ph.D.
Ruth J. Simmons, Ph.D.

2011
Walter Kase
Kenneth Parr
Herman D. Suit, M.D.

2010
John Hofmeister
Lyle Lovett

2006
The Honorable Margaret Spellings*
Maconda Brown O’Connor*

2001
Charles T. “Ted” Bauer
James W. “Jim” Nantz

2000
Rod R. Paige, Ph.D.
Irvin M. Borish, O.D.

1999
Richard Riley
The Honorable James L. Ketelsen
Elizabeth D. Rockwell

1998
The Honorable Robert C. Lanier
The Honorable Wilhelmina R. “Beth” Morian
Dr. John Oró, Ph.D.

1997
Edward Albee
Glenn Goerke
The Honorable William P. Hobby, Jr.

1996
Ernesto Cortes
Dr. Song Jian*

1995
The Honorable John J. Moores
Nia Becnel**
His Excellency Carlos Menem*

1994
The Honorable George H. W. Bush
Daniel Yergin
Ron Stone

1993
Luis Garibay
Rev. William A. Lawson

1992
Jacques-Louis Lions
Gurji Ivanovich Marchuk
David Gockley

1991
Faith Bybee
Christoph Eschenbach
Eric M. Hilton
The Honorable Catalina Villalpando
His Excellency Rafael Angel Calderon Fournier*

1990
Donald Barthelme**
Norman J. Ramsey

1989
The Honorable Robert A. Mosbacher, Sr.
Aaron Cohen

1988
Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson

1987
LeRoy and Lucile Melcher
Phillip G. Hoffman, Ph.D.

1986
Barron Hilton
Philip Johnson

1985
Gerald Griffin*
George A. Butler

1984
George P. Mitchell
The Honorable Oveta Culp Hobby

1980
Special Honorary Degree
The Honorable Aaron J. Farfel

1950
Special Honorary Degree
Edison E. Oberholtzer

1938
Special Honorary Law Degree
Hugh Roy Cullen and Lillie Cranz Cullen

* Honorary Degree awarded at a special convocation
** Honorary Degree awarded posthumously