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:
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:
Sally W. Aboelela
Assistant Professor of Nursing at the Columbia University
Daniel C. Richman
Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law
Peter S. Bearman
Jonathan R. Cole Professor of Sociology
Kenneth M. Prager
Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center
Greg A. Freyer
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at
the Columbia University Medical Center
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 1962 B.A. Columbia College 1964 M.S. Teachers College
Daphne Fodor Philipson 1969 B.A. Barnard College 1974 M.B.A. Columbia Business School
Thomas J. Connolly, D.D.S. 1977 D.D.S. College of Dental Medicine 1980 P.D. College of Dental Medicine
Miguel Schloss 1969 M.B.A. Columbia Business School
Angela Clarke Duff 1970 B.S. College of Nursing
Roxann Sherri Smithers, Esq. 1999 B.A. Columbia College 2002 J.D. Columbia Law School
Robert L. Kahan 1969 B.A. Columbia College
Susan C. Waltman, Esq. 1977 J.D. Columbia Law School
Allison Cooke Kellogg 1972 I.F. School of International and Public Affairs 1973 M.I.A. School of International and Public Affairs
Lauren L. Wong 1976 B.S. School of Engineering and Applied Science