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 18, 2016:
2016 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 2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching:
Luis M. Campos
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Olatunde C. Johnson
Professor of Law
Senior Lecturer in Machine Learning in the Department of Computer Science
Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the Columbia University Medical Center
Rita A.M. Charon
Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center
2016 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 2016 Alumni Medalists:
Jeffrey Lawrence Bleustein 1962 M.S. School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
1965 Ph.D. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Paul J. Maddon, M.D., Ph.D. 1981 B.A. Columbia College
1985 MPhil Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
1988 Ph.D. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
1989 M.D. Physicians and Surgeons
Elaine Schlozman Chapnick 1961 B.A. Barnard College
Rita Diana Pietropinto-Kitt 1993 B.A. Columbia College
1996 M.F.A. School of the Arts
Thomas Campbell Jackson 1998 M.P.H. Mailman School of Public Health
Phyllis Fang Savage 1993 M.S. Columbia Journalism School
Seokho Lee 1988 M.B.A. Columbia Business School
Richard M. Space, Jr. 2005 B.A. School of General Studies
Sharon J. Liebowitz 1991 MArch Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Mozelle W. Thompson, Esq.
1976 B.A. Columbia College 1979 I.F. International and Public Affairs 1981 J.D. Columbia Law School