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.

 

2014-15

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 

 

2013-14

Roger Mudd - Doctor of Humane Letters

Lovett H. Weems Jr. - Doctor of Divinity

Elise Varner Winter - Doctor of Public Service

 

2012-13

The Rev. R. Edwin King - Doctor of Divinity

Dr. Aaron Shirley - Doctor of Public Service

Ms. Seetha Srinivasan - Doctor of Humane Letters

 

2011-12

Robert Parker Adams

Judge Neal Brooks Biggers Jr.

Elaine Gradinger Crystal

Charles L. Overby

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward

 

2010-11

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

 

2009-10

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

 

2008-09

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

 

2007-08

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

 

2006-07

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

 

2005-06

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

 

2004-05

Thad Cochran - Doctor of Laws

Milton Babbitt - Doctor of Arts

Howard L. McMillan, Jr. - Doctor of Laws

Kathryn Loeb Wiener - Doctor of Public Service

 

2003-04

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

 

2002-03

James Barksdale - Doctor of Laws

Sally McDonnell Barksdale - Doctor of Public Service

Turner Cassity - Doctor of Humane Letters

 

2001-02

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

 

2000-01

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 

William F. Appleby - Doctor of Divinity

Robert N. Fortenberry - Doctor of Laws

Ellen Gilchrist - Doctor of Letters

Richard F. Rosser - Doctor of Laws

 

1985-86 

Alan J. Pifer - Doctor of Laws

 

1984-85 

Ellen Douglas Doctor of Humane Letters

Garland H. Holloman - Doctor of Divinity

 

1983-84 

Doctor of Science - George L. Maddox, Jr. 

Doctor of Divinity - James Maxwell Miller 

Doctor of Letters - Mrs. E. H. Sumners 

Doctor of Laws - Warren A. HooDoctor of Divinity - Clay F. Lee 

 

1982-83 

Doctor of Letters - Cleanth Brooks 

D.M. - Willard Palmer 

Doctor of Laws - William Winter 

 

1981-82 

Doctor of Humane Letters - Paul Baddour 

Doctor of Commerce - Jesse Brent 

Doctor of Laws - C. R. Ridgway 

Doctor of Science - R.E. Williams 

 

1980-81 

Doctor of Divinity - Bishop Carlton P. Minnick 

 

1979-80 

Doctor of Humane Letters - Robert Ezelle 

Doctor of Laws - John H. Bryan 

 

1978-79 

Doctor of Laws - James Herman Hines 

Doctor of Divinity - Jim Leggett Waits 

 

1976-77 

Doctor of Laws - Ray Marshall 

Doctor of Divinity - Joel Duncan McDavid 

 

1975-76 

Doctor of Humane Letters - David Herbert Donald 

Doctor of Divinity - Homer Ellis Finger, Jr. 

Doctor of Laws - Otis Arnold Singletary, Jr. 

Doctor of Laws - Louis Hugh Wilson, Jr. 

 

1973-74 

Doctor of Laws - James Sharbrough Ferguson 

Doctor of Humane Letters - Paul Ramsey 

Doctor of Humane Letters - Patricia O'Brien Smylie 

Doctor of Divinity - Mack Boyd Stokes 

 

1971-72 

Doctor of Laws - Edward Hunter Bacot 

Doctor of Laws - Nathaniel Sims Rogers 

 

1970-71 

Doctor of Humane Letters - Lehman Engel 

 

1968-69 

Doctor of Laws - Edward Julian Pendergrass 

Doctor of Humane Letters - Eudora Alice Welty 

 

1967-68 

Doctor of Laws - Robert Mason Stricker Mason Stricker 
 

1961-62

Doctor of Divinity - Roy Clyde Clark

Doctor of Divinity - William Maren Jones

Doctor of Laws - Roy Herbert Black

Doctor of Laws - Robert Murrah Mayo

 

1960-61

 

1959-60

Doctor of Divinity - Thomas Orien Prewitt

Doctor of Divinity - George Richard Williams

Doctor of Laws - John Fontaine Egger

Doctor of Laws - Robert Raymond Haynes

 

1958-59

Doctor of Divinity - Richard Leonard Cooke

Doctor of Divinity - John David Humphrey

Doctor of Laws - William Fitzhugh Murrah

Doctor of Laws - William Bryan Selah

 

1957-58

Doctor of Divinity - George Eliot Jones

Doctor of Divinity - Wiley Clifford Newman

Doctor of Laws - James Milton Ewing

Doctor of Laws - Virgil Derender Youngblood

 

1956-57

Doctor of Divinity - Clyde Hubert Gunn

Doctor of Divinity - Felix Asa Sutphin

Doctor of Laws - William Barnett Dribben

Doctor of Laws - John Cornelius Stennis

 

1955-56

Doctor of Divinity - James Dudley Slay

Doctor of Divinity - Rufus Garrison Moore

Doctor of Humane Letters - Albert Godfrey Sanders

Doctor of Laws - Frederick Brougher Smith

H.H.D. - Alvin Jon King

 

1954-55

Doctor of Divinity - Samuel Edward Ashmore

Doctor of Divinity - Osmond Summers Lewis

Doctor of Laws - Benjamin McClellan Stevens

Doctor of Laws - Edmund Taylor

 

1953-54

Doctor of Divinity - William Robert Lott

Doctor of Divinity - Martin Luther McCormick

Doctor of Laws - Richard Malcolm Guess

Doctor of Laws - James Oliver Emmerich

 

1952-53

Doctor of Divinity - George Hawkins Jones

Doctor of Divinity - William Lawson Robinson

Doctor of Laws - Alexander Boyd Campbell

 

1951-52

Doctor of Divinity - William Jefferson Cunningham

Doctor of Laws - Bishop Marvin A. Franklin

Doctor of Laws - J. P. Stafford

 

1950-51

Doctor of Divinity - John Willard Leggett, Jr.

Doctor of Divinity - Richard Guy Lord

Doctor of Laws - Rex Ivan Brown

Doctor of Laws - Robert Lenoir Ezelle

 

1949-50

 

1948-49

 

1947-48

Doctor of Science - George Lott Harrell

 

1946-47

 

1945-46

 

1944-45

Doctor of Laws - Hugh Clegg

 

1943-44

Doctor of Letters - Roy L. Smith

 

1942-43

 

1941-42

 

1940-41

 

1939-40

 

1938-39

 

1937-38

Doctor of Laws - Sara Frances Sale

Doctor of Letters - Martha Catching Enochs

Doctor of Divinity - Lovick Pinckney Wasson

Doctor of Divinity - Robert Timmons Henry

 

1936-37

Doctor of Divinity - Edgar Lafayette Hillman

Doctor of Laws - George Leslie Morelock

 

1935-36

 

1934-35

Doctor of Divinity - William Nathaniel Thomas

 

1933-34

Doctor of Letters - A. A. Kern

Doctor of Divinity - W. L. Duren

 

1932-33

 

1931-32

 

1930-31

 

1929-30

 

1928-29

Doctor of Divinity - Nolan Bailey Harmon, Jr.

Doctor of Laws - B.B. Jones

 

1927-28

Doctor of Divinity - John Lloyd Decell

Doctor of Divinity - R.H. Tucker

 

1926-27

Doctor of Divinity - C.A. Bowen

Doctor of Letters - George W. Huddleston

 

1925-26

 

1924-25

 

1923-24

Doctor of Divinity - Gypsy Smith, Jr.

 

1922-23

Doctor of Laws - Barney Edward Eaton

 

1921-22

 

1920-21

Doctor of Divinity - Henry Thompson Carley

Doctor of Divinity - John Richard Countiss

Doctor of Divinity - Charles William Crisler

 

1919-20

 

1918-19

 

1917-18