Honorary Degrees are awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to research, publication, law, science, government, education and literature. Honorary degrees were first awarded by Columbia in 1758. Honorees do not need to be graduates of Columbia University.
The University Medal for Excellence is awarded each year to an alumnus or alumna, under 45 years of age, whose record in scholarship, public service, or professional life is outstanding.
Columbia University will confer seven honorary degrees and one Medal for Excellence at its University Commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 20, 2015:
Andrea Elliott David Levering Lewis
University Medal for Excellence Doctor of Letters
Miloš Forman Theda Skocpol
Doctor of Humane Letters Doctor of Letters
William V. "Bill" Campbell Anthony S. Fauci
Doctor of Laws Doctor of Science
2015 PRESIDENTIAL AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching are awarded to current Columbia faculty who have had a significant influence on the intellectual development of students at the University. These awards recognize teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The 2015 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching:
More information on the 2015 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching will be announced mid-spring.
2015 ALUMNI MEDALISTS
Alumni Medalists are alumni of Columbia University selected to receive this high honor for their distinguished service of ten years or more to the University - including its schools, alumni associations, regional Columbia Clubs, and University-wide initiatives. The Medal was first awarded by Columbia in 1933.
The 2015 Alumni Medalists:
William V. "Bill" Campbell Daphne Fodor Philipson
1962 B.A. Columbia College 1969 B.A. Barnard College
1964 M.S. Teachers College 1974 M.B.A. Columbia Business School
Thomas J. Connolly, D.D.S. Miguel Schloss
1977 D.D.S. College of Dental Medicine 1969 M.B.A. Columbia Business School
1980 P.D. College of Dental Medicine
Angela Clarke Duff Roxann Sherri Smithers, Esq.
1970 B.S. College of Nursing 1999 B.A. Columbia College
2002 J.D. Columbia Law School
Robert L. Kahan Susan C. Waltman, Esq.
1969 B.A. Columbia College 1977 J.D. Columbia Law School
Allison Cooke Kellogg Lauren L. Wong
1972 I.F. School of International and Public Affairs 1976 B.S. School of Engineering and Applied Science
1973 M.I.A. School of International and Public Affairs