Honorary Degrees

In a tradition starting at the 1917 Commencement Ceremony, Millsaps College confers honorary degrees upon individuals who have been influential in their respective fields or have made significant contributions to society.

 

2014-2015
Rev. Janet Sanderson Ott - Doctor of Public Service
Rev. Luther Ott - Doctor of Public Service
Jack Reed Sr. - Doctor of Public Service
Natasha Trethewey - Doctor of Humane Letters 

 

2013-2014
Roger Mudd - Doctor of Humane Letters
Lovett H. Weems Jr. - Doctor of Divinity
Elise Varner Winter - Doctor of Public Service

 

2012-2013
The Rev. R. Edwin King - Doctor of Divinity
Dr. Aaron Shirley - Doctor of Public Service
Ms. Seetha Srinivasan - Doctor of Humane Letters

 

2011-2012
Robert Parker Adams
Judge Neal Brooks Biggers Jr.
Elaine Gradinger Crystal
Charles L. Overby
Bishop Hope Morgan Ward

 

2010-2011
Rodney J. Bartlett - Doctor of Science
Robert H. Dunlap - Doctor of Public Service
Larry M. Goodpaster - Doctor of Divinity
Richard C. Miller - Doctor of Science
Leontyne Price - Doctor of Arts

 

2009-2010
Fred Banks, Jr. - Doctor of Laws
Christy Gilliland Dunaway - Doctor of Public Service
Rt. Rev. Duncan Gray, Jr. - Doctor of Divinity
Sister Mary Dorothea Sondgeroth - Doctor of Public Service

 

2008-2009
Marian Wright Edelman - Doctor of Public Service
Charles Thomas Fingar - Doctor of Public Service
Hugh Gaston Hall - Doctor of Humane Letters
Rowan Hurt Taylor - Doctor of Public Service

 

2007 - 2008
Martha Bergmark - Doctor of Public Service
Greg Iles - Doctor of Humane Letters
Leslie B. McLemore - Doctor of Public Service
John Stone - Doctor of Humane Letters

 

2006-2007
Helen B. Barnes, M.D. - Doctor of Science
John D. Bower, M.D. - Doctor of Public Service
The Reverend Ross Olivier - Doctor of Public Service
Joe Frank Sanderson, Jr. - Doctor of Laws

 

2005-2006
Randall Pinkston - Doctor of Humane Letters
Satnam L. Sethi - Doctor of Laws
Rev. Keith Tonkel - Doctor of Divinity
Leila Clark Wynn - Doctor of Public Service

 

2004-2005
Thad Cochran - Doctor of Laws
Milton Babbitt - Doctor of Arts
Howard L. McMillan, Jr. - Doctor of Laws
Kathryn Loeb Wiener - Doctor of Public Service

 

2003-2004
John N. Palmer - Doctor of Laws
Wallace Conerly - Doctor of Science
Bishop Kenneth Carder - Doctor of Divinity
Hugh B. Landrum Jr. - Doctor of Laws
Myrlie Evers-Williams - Doctor of Public Service

 

2002-2003
James Barksdale - Doctor of Laws
Sally McDonnell Barksdale - Doctor of Public Service
Turner Cassity - Doctor of Humane Letters

 

2001-2002
Rev. Will Davis Campbell - Doctor of Humane Letters
Justice James E. Graves, Jr. - Doctor of Laws
Chief Phillip Martin - Doctor of Laws
Cassandra Wilson - Doctor of Arts

 

2000-2001
Reuben V. Anderson - Doctor of Laws
Corinne Claiborne ALindy@ Boggs - Doctor of Laws
Warren Eugene Pittman - Doctor of Divinity
Cokie Roberts - Doctor of Humane Letters

 

1999-2000
Edward L. Moyers - Doctor of Laws
Samuel Jones - Doctor of Humane Letters
Paul Piper, Sr. - Doctor of Laws
Marshall L. Meadors - Doctor of Humane Letters
Jean C. Lindsey - Doctor of Humane Letters (Posthumously)

 

1998-99
William R. Ferris - Doctor of Humane Letters
John Hope Franklin - Doctor of Humane Letters
Mary D. Garrard - Doctor of Humane Letters
Mundell Lowe - Doctor of Arts

 

1997-98
Hodding Carter III - Doctor of Humane Letters
George M. Miller - Doctor of Laws
James Daniel Hardy - Doctor of Science

 

1996-97
Robert W. Pittman - Doctor of Arts
Roland L. Freeman - Doctor of Humane Letters

 

1995-96
Arthur C. Guyton - Doctor of Science
Stuart C. Irby, Jr. - Doctor of Letters
Frank H. T. Rhodes - Doctor of Science

 

1994-95
Charles Bertram Felder - Doctor of Divinity
Elizabeth Becker Henley - Doctor of Letters
Jeremiah Henry Holleman, Sr. - Doctor of Science
William J. Raspberry - Doctor of Humane Letters

 

1993-94
Donald E. Petersen - Doctor of Laws
Mary Ann McDonald Swenson - Doctor of Divinity

 

1992-93
Margaret Walker Alexander - Doctor of Letters
James Boyd Campbell - Doctor of Public Service (Posthumous)
John L. Clendenin - Doctor of Laws
Shelby Foote - Doctor of Humane Letters
Leslie B. Lampton - Doctor of Science

 

1991-92
Robert C. Morgan - Doctor of Divinity
Elizabeth Fox-Genovese - Doctor of Letters
Merrill Odom Hines - Doctor of Sciences

 

1990-91
Robert H. Atwell - Doctor of Laws
Gwin J. Kolb - Doctor of Humane Letters
Hyman F. McCarty, Jr. - Doctor of Laws
Richard D. McRae - Doctor of Public Service

 

1989-90
Charlotte Capers - Doctor of Letters
Thalia Mara - Doctor of Arts
Robert A. Mosbacher - Doctor of Laws
George B. Pickett - Doctor of Public Service
Richard H. Truly - Doctor of Science

 

1988-89
Joseph W. Carroll - Doctor of Divinity
John W. Chandler - Doctor of Laws
LeRoy Percy - Doctor of Letters
Sister Josephine Therese - Doctor of Humane Letters

 

1987-88
Betty Werlein Carter - Doctor of Humane Letters
Charles W. Else - Doctor of Laws
Eloise T. Else - Doctor of Letters
William R. Hendee - Doctor of Science
James T. Laney, Jr. - Doctor of Humane Letters

 

1986-87 

D.D. - William F. Appleby 

LL.D. - Robert N. Fortenberry 

D.Letters - Ellen Gilchrist 

LL.D. - Richard F. Rosser 

 

1985-86 

LL.D. - Alan J. Pifer 

 

1984-85 

D. Humane Letters - Ellen Douglas 

D.D. - Garland H. Holloman 

 

1983-84 

D.S. - George L. Maddox, Jr. 

D.D. - James Maxwell Miller 

D.Letters - Mrs. E. H. Sumners 

LL.D. - Warren A. Hood.D. - Clay F. Lee 

 

1982-83 

D.Letters - Cleanth Brooks 

D.M. - Willard Palmer 

LL.D. - William Winter 

 

1981-82 

D.H.L. - Paul Baddour 

D.Commerce - Jesse Brent 

LL.D. - C. R. Ridgway 

D.S. - R.E. Williams 

 

1980-81 

D.D. - Bishop Carlton P. Minnick 

 

1979-80 

D.H.L. - Robert Ezelle 

LL.D. - John H. Bryan 

 

1978-79 

LL.D. - James Herman Hines 

D.D. - Jim Leggett Waits 

 

1976-77 

LL.D. - Ray Marshall 

D.D. - Joel Duncan McDavid 

 

1975-76 

L.H.D. - David Herbert Donald 

D.D. - Homer Ellis Finger, Jr. 

LL.D. - Otis Arnold Singletary, Jr. 

LL.D. - Louis Hugh Wilson, Jr. 

 

1973-74 

LL.D. - James Sharbrough Ferguson 

L.H.D. - Paul Ramsey 

L.H.D. - Patricia O'Brien Smylie 

D.D. - Mack Boyd Stokes 

 

1971-72 

LL.D - Edward Hunter Bacot 

LL.D - Nathaniel Sims Rogers 

 

1970-71 

L.H.D. - Lehman Engel 

 

1968-69 

LL.D. - Edward Julian Pendergrass 

L.H.D. - Eudora Alice Welty 

 

1967-68 

LL.D. - Robert Mason Stricker Mason Stricker 
 

1961-62

D.D. - Roy Clyde Clark

D.D. - William Maren Jones

LL.D. - Roy Herbert Black

LL.D. - Robert Murrah Mayo

 

1960-61

 

1959-60

D.D. - Thomas Orien Prewitt

D.D. - George Richard Williams

LL.D. - John Fontaine Egger

LL.D. - Robert Raymond Haynes

 

1958-59

D.D. - Richard Leonard Cooke

D.D. - John David Humphrey

LL.D. - William Fitzhugh Murrah

LL.D. - William Bryan Selah

 

1957-58

D.D. - George Eliot Jones

D.D. - Wiley Clifford Newman

LL.D. - James Milton Ewing

LL.D. - Virgil Derender Youngblood

 

1956-57

D.D. - Clyde Hubert Gunn

D.D. - Felix Asa Sutphin

LL.D. - William Barnett Dribben

LL.D. - John Cornelius Stennis

 

1955-56

D.D. - James Dudley Slay

D.D. - Rufus Garrison Moore

L.H.D. - Albert Godfrey Sanders

LL.D. - Frederick Brougher Smith

H.H.D. - Alvin Jon King

 

1954-55

D.D. - Samuel Edward Ashmore

D.D. - Osmond Summers Lewis

LL.D. - Benjamin McClellan Stevens

LL.D. - Edmund Taylor

 

1953-54

D.D. - William Robert Lott

D.D. - Martin Luther McCormick

LL.D. - Richard Malcolm Guess

LL.D. - James Oliver Emmerich

 

1952-53

D.D. - George Hawkins Jones

D.D. - William Lawson Robinson

LL.D. - Alexander Boyd Campbell

 

1951-52

D.D. - William Jefferson Cunningham

LL.D. - Bishop Marvin A. Franklin

LL.D. - J. P. Stafford

 

1950-51

D.D. - John Willard Leggett, Jr.

D.D. - Richard Guy Lord

LL.D. - Rex Ivan Brown

LL.D. - Robert Lenoir Ezelle

 

1949-50

 

1948-49

 

1947-48

D.Sc. - George Lott Harrell          

 

1946-47

 

1945-46

 

1944-45

LL.D. - Hugh Clegg

 

1943-44

Doctor of Letters - Roy L. Smith

 

1942-43

 

1941-42

 

1940-41

 

1939-40

 

1938-39

 

1937-38

LL.D. - Sara Frances Sale

Doctor of Letters - Martha Catching Enochs

D.D. - Lovick Pinckney Wasson

D.D. - Robert Timmons Henry

 

1936-37

D.D. - Edgar Lafayette Hillman

LL.D. - George Leslie Morelock

 

1935-36

 

1934-35

D.D. - William Nathaniel Thomas

 

1933-34

Doctor of Letters - A. A. Kern

D.D. - W. L. Duren

 

1932-33

 

1931-32

 

1930-31

 

1929-30

 

1928-29

D.D. - Nolan Bailey Harmon, Jr.

LL.D. - B.B. Jones

 

1927-28

D.D. - John Lloyd Decell

D.D. - R.H. Tucker

 

1926-27

D.D. - C.A. Bowen

Doctor of Letters - George W. Huddleston

 

1925-26

 

1924-25

 

1923-24

D.D. - Gypsy Smith, Jr.

 

1922-23

LL.D. - Barney Edward Eaton

 

1921-22

 

1920-21

D.D. - Henry Thompson Carley

D.D. - John Richard Countiss

D.D. - Charles William Crisler

 

1919-20

 

1918-19

 

1917-18