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Honorary Degrees

UMGC awards honorary degrees to individuals who have made major contributions to their field.

University of Maryland Global Campus grants honorary degrees approved by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents to outstanding individuals who have made major contributions in intellectual, scholarly, or creative areas. Honorary degrees are also awarded to those who have risen to a position of eminence, acquired a national or international reputation, or compiled a record of distinguished public service in a selected field of endeavor.

Honorary Degree Recipients

Title First Name Last Name Location Year Degree
Colonel Otis C. Jones Tokyo, Japan 2019 Doctor of Public Service
Colonel Scott W. Mueller Seoul, Korea 2019 Doctor of Public Service
Lieutenant General Richard M. Clark Ramstein, Germany 2018 Doctor of Public Service
Colonel Anthony S. Lombardo Okinawa, Japan 2018 Doctor of Public Service
Colonel Kenneth E. Moss Tokyo, Japan 2018 Doctor of Public Service
The Honorable Benjamin J. F. Cruz Guam 2017 Doctor of Public Service
Mr. Giles Foden Ramstein, Germany 2017 Doctor of Public Service
The Honorable Hiroshi Fukuda Tokyo, Japan 2017 Doctor of Public Service
Mr. Yutaka Kawashima Tokyo, Japan 2017 Doctor of Public Service
Lieutenant General Thomas S. Vandal Seoul, Korea 2017 Doctor of Public Service
Ambassador Marriet Schuurman Kaiserslautern, Germany 2016 Doctor of Public Service
Major General James C. Boozer Sr. Tokyo, Japan 2015 Doctor of Public Service
Lieutenant General Robert Brooks Brown Kaiserslautern, Germany 2015 Doctor of Public Service
Judge Maria Teresa Bonifacio Cenzon Guam 2015 Doctor of Public Service
Major General Roderick J. Isler Adelphi, Maryland 2014 Doctor of Public Service
The Honorable Sung Y. Kim   2014 Doctor of Public Service
The Honorable Alfred R. Magleby Okinawa, Japan 2014 Doctor of Public Service
General Curtis M. Scaparrotti Seoul, Korea 2014 Doctor of Public Service
Colonel William C. Bentley Heidelberg, Germany 2013 Doctor of Public Service
General James D. Thurman Seoul, Korea 2013 Doctor of Public Service
The Honorable Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Adelphi, Maryland 2013 Doctor of Public Service
  Jonathan Dorfan Okinawa, Japan 2012 Doctor of Public Service
Major General Charles F. Bolden Jr. Heidelberg, Germany 2012 Doctor of Public Service
General William T. Hobbins Heidelberg, Germany 2011 Doctor of Public Service
The Honorable John V. Roos Tokyo, Japan 2011 Doctor of Public Service
  Philip D. Murphy Heidelberg, Germany 2010 Doctor of Public Service
The Honorable James B. Smith Heidelberg, Germany 2010 Doctor of Public Service
  Zhou Wenzhong   2009 Doctor of Public Service
  Warren Brown   2008 Doctor of Public Service
The Honorable Sara Tucker Martinez   2008 Doctor of Public Service
  Norman B. Anderson   2007 Doctor of Public Service
The Honorable Robert M. Bell   2007 Doctor of Public Service
  Deryl McKissack   2007 Doctor of Public Service
  Myung-bak Lee   2006  
  William R. Roberts   2006  
The Honorable William R. Timken Jr.   2006  
  Stephen Burch Adelphi, Maryland 2005 Doctor of Public Service
  Howard French Tokyo, Japan 2005 Doctor of Humane Letters
  Linda Gooden Adelphi, Maryland 2005 Doctor of Public Service
  Christopher Hill Seoul, Korea 2005 Doctor of Public Service
Dr. Detlef Junker   2005 Doctor of Public Service
Dr. Herr Junker Europe 2005 Doctor of Humane Letters
  Robert Laughlin Seoul 2005 Doctor of Humane Letters
  Michael Vatikiotis Okinawa, Japan 2005 Doctor of Humane Letters
General Burwell B. Bell III   2004 Doctor of Public Service
  Benjamin S. Carson Sr.   2004 Doctor of Public Service
The Honorable Judith A. McHale   2003 Doctor of Public Service
  Paik Sun Yup Korea 2003 Doctor of Public Service
Ambassador Howard Baker Asia 2002 Doctor of Public Service
  Nancy Kassebaum Baker Asia 2002 Doctor of Public Service
The Honorable Williams S. Cohen   2002 Doctor of Public Service
General Gregory S. Martin Europe 2002 Doctor of Public Service
General Thomas A. Schwartz Korea 2002 Doctor of Laws
General Joseph W. Ralston   2001 Doctor of Public Service
  Gerhard Rembold Schwabisch-Gmund 2001 Doctor of Public Service
  Sheila Violet Maka Sisulu Adelphi, Maryland 2001 Doctor of Public Service
The Honorable Parris N. Glendening   2000 Doctor of Public Service
  Donald S. Orkand Adelphi, Maryland 2000 Doctor of Laws
  Eisuke   Sakakibara Tokyo, Japan 2000 Doctor of Laws
  Donald Richie Tokyo, Japan 1999 Doctor of Humane Letters
  Stephen W. Bosworth Seoul, Korea 1998 Doctor of Laws
  William J. Perry Asia 1997 Doctor of Science
  Hiroko Sho Asia 1997 Doctor of Humane Letters
  Hans Tietmeyer   Heidelberg, Germany 1997 Doctor of Laws
General John H. Tilelli Jr. Asia 1997 Doctor of Laws
  Rafael Vinoly   Japan 1997 Doctor of Fine Arts
  Charles E. Redman   Heidelberg, Germany 1996 Doctor of Laws
  Isao Yonekura   Tokyo, Japan 1996 Doctor of Laws
  Charles E. Peck   Adelphi, Maryland 1995 Doctor of Public Service
  Jurgen F. Strube   Heidelberg, Germany 1995 Doctor of Laws
  Ruth L. Otte   Adelphi, Maryland 1993 Doctor of Humane Letters
  John M. Shalikashvili Europe 1993 Doctor of Laws
  Schinichi Suzuki   Asia 1993 Doctor of Music
  Mandred Rommel   Heidelberg, Germany 1992 Doctor of Laws
  Fiodor Karlovich Schmidt   Heidelberg, Germany 1992 Doctor of Science
  Michael H. Armacost   Asia 1990 Doctor of Laws
  Edward J. Perkins   Adelphi, Maryland 1990 Doctor of Laws
  Vernon A. Walters   Heidelberg, Germany 1990 Doctor of Laws
  Larry D. Welch   Adelphi, Maryland 1989 Doctor of Laws
  Klaus von Klitzing Heidelberg, Germany 1988 Doctor of Science
  Karl Otto Poehl   Heidelberg, Germany 1987 Doctor of Laws
  Mike Mansfield   Tokyo, Japan 1986 Doctor of Laws
  Robert F. Tardio   Adelphi, Maryland 1986 Doctor of Laws
  Joseph D. Tydings   Adelphi, Maryland 1986 Doctor of Public Service
  Wang Guang Ying   Adelphi, Maryland 1986 Doctor of Laws
  Putlitz Gisbert zu Freiherr Heidelberg, Germany 1986 Doctor of Science
  Herman Maril   Adelphi, Maryland 1985 Doctor of Fine Arts
  Thomas G. Pownhall   Adelphi, Maryland 1985 Doctor of Laws
  Arthur R. Burns   Heidelberg, Germany 1984 Doctor of Laws
  Hiltgunt Margart Zassenhaus   Adelphi, Maryland 1984 Doctor of Humane Letters
  Isaac Stern   Adelphi, Maryland 1983 Doctor of Music
  Franz Joseph Strauss   Europe 1983 Doctor of Laws
  W. John Vessey Jr. Adelphi, Maryland 1983 Doctor of Humane Letters
  Ezra F. Vogel   Asia 1983 Doctor of Humane Letters
  Theo Sommer   Europe 1982 Doctor of Laws
  William Bevan   Adelphi, Maryland 1981 Doctor of Science
  Clifford L. Alexander   Adelphi, Maryland 1980 Doctor of Laws
  Mstislav Rostropovich Adelphi, Maryland 1980 Doctor of Music
  Mildred Wirtz Scheel   Heidelberg, Germany 1980 Doctor of Science
  Nobuhiko Ushiba   Tokyo, Japan 1980 Doctor of Laws
  Richard D. Weigle   Adelphi, Maryland 1980 Doctor of Humane Letters
  Mary Frances Berry   Heidelberg, Germany 1979 Doctor of Laws
  William Donald Schaefer   Adelphi, Maryland 1979 Doctor of Public Service
  Walter Perry   Adelphi, Maryland 1978 Doctor of Humane Letters
  Edward Teller   Heidelberg, Germany 1977 Doctor of Science
  Frederick Brietenfield Jr. Adelphi, Maryland 1976 Doctor of Humane Letters
  Walter Scheel   Heidelberg, Germany 1975 Doctor of Laws
  Cyril Northcote Parkinson   Heidelberg, Germany 1974 Doctor of Laws
  Neil Alden Armstrong Heidelberg, Germany 1971 Doctor of Science
  James Hilliard Polk   Heidelberg, Germany 1969 Doctor of Military Science
The Honorable Earl Warren   Heidelberg, Germany 1966 Doctor of Laws
  Arnold J. Toynbee   Heidelberg, Germany 1964 Doctor of Humane Letters
  Tamon Maeda   Tokyo, Japan 1962 Doctor of Laws
  Edwin Oldfather Reischauer   Tokyo, Japan 1962 Doctor of Laws
  H. E. Paul-Henri Spaak   Adelphi, Maryland 1962 Doctor of Laws
  Carter B. Magruder   Tokyo, Japan 1961 Doctor of Military Science
  Elvis Jacob Stahr Jr. Heidelberg, Germany 1961 Doctor of Laws
  Shigeru Yoshida Tokyo, Japan 1961 Doctor of Laws
  Willy Brandt Heidelberg, Germany 1960 Doctor of Laws
  Kotaro Tanaka Tokyo, Japan 1960 Doctor of Laws
  Douglas MacArthur II Tokyo, Japan 1959 Doctor of Laws
  Gerhard Schroeder   Heidelberg, Germany 1959 Doctor of Laws
  David K. E. Bruce Heidelberg, Germany 1958 Doctor of Laws
  Isaac Davis White Tokyo, Japan 1958 Doctor of Military Science
  William H. Tunner Heidelberg, Germany 1956 Doctor of Military Science
  Matthew B. Ridgway Paris, France 1952 Doctor of Military Science
  Konrad Adenauer Adelphi, Maryland 1951 Doctor of Laws
  Hans von Kres Bonn, Germany 1951 Doctor of Letters

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