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 eight honorary degrees and one Medal for Excellence at its University Commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 21, 2014:
2014 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 2014 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching:
Deborah L. Cabaniss
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Margo L. Jefferson
Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of the Arts
Glenn L. Denning
Professor of Professional Practice in the faculty of International and Public Affairs
Roger D. Vaughan
Professor of Biostatistics at the Columbia University Medical Center
Philip M. Genty
Clinical Professor of Law
2014 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 2014 Alumni Medalists:
Mitchell B. Freinberg
1973 BA Columbia College
1977 MBA Columbia Business School
Sabin C. Streeter
1967 MBA Columbia Business School
The Hon. Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr.
1978 BA Columbia College
Frederick Michael Strype
2002 MFA School of the Arts
K. Daniel Libby
1982 BS and 1984 MS School of Engineering and Applied Science
2001 MA Teachers College
Philippa Feldman Portnoy
1986 BA Barnard College
1990 MBA Columbia Business School
Linda A. Winslow
1967 MS Columbia Journalism School
Donald O. Quest, MD
1970 MD College of Physicians & Surgeons