Honorary Degree

Honorary Degree

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About the award: Honorary degrees are traditionally presented at commencement to individuals who have provided distinguished service to the state, to learning or to mankind; to letters, to art, to music, to education, or to science; or have provided constructive philanthropy or some other outstanding public service. If possible, the degree should indicate the character of the service. The service shall be general in its effects and not merely local. Recipients must manifest intellectual gifts, displayed either by writing or activities, which would rank them with scholars or entitle them to recognition by learned or education societies of the highest standing. Recipients should also manifest such qualities in their personal lives that would mark them as belonging among individuals of culture and high moral principles. 


Past recipients:

2013
Mary Lou Quinlan
CEO, Just Ask a Woman

2012
Suzanne Malveaux
News Anchor, Cable News Network (CNN) 

2011
Rev. John P. Foley, S.J. - Doctor of Humane Letters
Executive Chairman, Cristo Rey Network

His Eminence Jaime Lucas Cardinal Ortega y Alamino - Doctor of Laws
Archbishop, Havana, Cuba

Constance "Connie" M. Ryan, Arts'75 - Doctor of Science, honoris causa
President, Streck, Inc.

2010
Mary and Charles Heider, Doctor of Humane Letters

General Kevin P. Chilton (Dec.) - Doctor of Laws
Commander, United States Strategic Command

The Most Reverend George J. Lucas (Dec.) - Doctor of Humane Letters
Archbishop, Archdiocese of Omaha

2009
Elizabeth Kish - Doctor of Humane Letters
Head of School, Marian High School

Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J. - Doctor of Social Science
Founder and Executive Director of Homeboy Industries

Michael G. Fahey, BA’73 - Doctor of Laws
Mayor, City of Omaha

Wayne and Eileen Ryan (Dec.) - Doctor of Humane Letters
Streck, Inc.

Christopher J. Elias, BS'79, MD'83, M.P.H. - Doctor of Science, honoris causa
President and CEO, PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health)

2008
Kenneth M. Bird - Doctor of Humane Letters
Superintendent, Westside Community Schools

John Gottschalk (Dec.) - Doctor of Humane Letters
Chairman, Omaha World-Herald Company

2007
Bob Newhart- Doctor of Humane Letters
Entertainer

Rev. William F. O’Leary, S.J., MS’68 (Dec.) - Doctor of Humane Letters
Chair, Dept. of Education, Creighton Prep

2006
President Lech Walęsa - Doctor of Law
Former President of Poland

Catherine L. Hughes - Doctor of Humane Letters
Chairman and Founder, RadioOne

The St. Louis Jesuits - Doctor of Music

Robert J. Dufford, S.J.
John B. Foley, S.J.
Robert F. O’Connor Jr., S.J.
Daniel L. Schutte

Timothy J. Russert - Doctor of Laws
Managing Editor and Moderator NBC’s Meet the Press

Mila Ann Aroskar, Ed.D. - Doctor of Science
Professor Emerita at the University of Minnesota

2005
Tessie O. Edwards – Doctor of Humane Letters
Retired teacher, Creighton Prep

Rev. William J. Byron, S.J. - Doctor of Laws
Director of Creighton Center for Service and Justice

Rev. Leland Lubbers, S.J.(Dec.) - Doctor of Science
SCOLA Chief Global Strategist

2004
Michael G. Morrison, S.J. - Doctor of Humane Letters
Past-president of Creighton University

John C. Kenefick - Doctor of Humane Letters
Retired President, Union Pacific Railroad

2003
Jon Cortina, S.J. - Doctor of Humanitarian Service
Professor of Engineering, Univ. of Central America, San Salvador, El Salvador
Pastor, Founder and Director, Pro-Busqeda

2002
None given in May or December

2001
Louis Blumkin - Doctor of Humanities
President, Nebraska Furniture Mart

His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Ph.D., S.T.D. (Dec.) - Doctor of Laws
Archbishop of Chicago

2000
Rabbi Myer S. Kripke. D.D. - Doctor of Humane Letters
Retired Rabbi, Beth El Synagogue

Charles E. Trimble - Doctor of Cultural Science
President, Charles Trimble Company

1999
Robert M. Veatch, Ph.D. - Doctor of Humanities
Professor of Medical Ethics, Georgetown

Dennis A. O'Neal - Doctor of Humanities
Executive Vice President of First National Bank

Michael Johanns (Dec.) - Doctor of Public Affairs
Governor of Nebraska

1998
Charles T. Hagel - Doctor of Laws
Nebraska State Senator

John C. Kenefick - Doctor of Humanities
Union Pacific Railroad

Rev. Fred Krammer, S.J. (Dec.) - Doctor of Humanitarian Service
President, Catholic Charities USA

1997
John Mulhall - Doctor of Humanities
Mulhall's Nursery Inc.

Herman Cain (Dec.) - Doctor of Humanities
CEO National Restaurant Association

1996
William M. Kizer - Doctor or Humanities
Central States Indemnity Co.

Christine Hixson (Dec.) - Doctor of Humanities
Lied Foundation

1995
Charles "Mike" Harper - Doctor of Human Letters
CEO, R. J. Nabisco

Robert "Joe" Edmonson (Dec.) - Doctor of Humanitarian Service
Edmonson Youth Center

1994
Louis "Chip" Davis - Doctor of Music
President, American Gramophone Records

Archbishop Elden F. Curtiss - Doctor of Humanitarian Service
Archbishop, Omaha Archdiocese

Ernest L. Boyer (Dec.) - Doctor of Human Letters
Carnegie Foundation