Honorary Degrees

History

Western Washington University has been given authority by the Washington State Legislature to grant honorary doctoral degrees in recognition of outstanding achievement in arts, letters, sciences, or the professions, or service in education, government or humanitarian endeavors.  Western’s honorary degrees are awarded to not only recognize extraordinary accomplishments, but those which resonate with Western’s distinctive excellence and values.

Nominations may be submitted at any time during the academic year by Western Washington University students, faculty and staff, or advisory board members using the online nomination form.  For more information on the nomination and review process, please see the relevant university policy and procedure concerning honorary degrees.

 

Past Honorees

 

Polly Dyer

Polly Dyer

At the winter Western Washington University Commencement Ceremony, on March 22, 2014, the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters was bestowed upon Polly Dyer. Polly Dyer was presented with an Honorary Degree and the Citation for Honorary Degree.

Noemi Ban

At the winter Western Washington University Commencement Ceremony, on March 23, 2013, the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters was bestowed upon Noemi Ban. Noemi Ban was presented with an Honorary Degree and the Citation for Honorary Degree.

Noemi Ban
Heidi Grant Murphy

Heidi Grant Murphy

At the summer Western Washington University commencement ceremony, on August 18, 2012, the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts was bestowed upon Heidi Grant Murphy ('87, Music Performance). Heidi Grant Murphy was presented with an Honorary Degree and the Citation for the Honorary Degree.

Do Ho Suh

At the spring Western Washington University commencement ceremony, on June 9, 2012, the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts was bestowed upon artist Do Ho Suh. Do Ho Suh was presented with an Honorary Degree and the Citation for the Honorary Degree.

Do Ho Suh

 

Timothy Egan

Timothy Egan

At the winter Western Washington University commencement ceremony, on March 17, 2012, the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters was bestowed upon author and journalist Timothy Egan. Timothy Egan was presented with an Honorary Degree and the Citation for the Honorary Degree.

 

 

Jane Lubchenco

At the fall Western Washington University Commencement Ceremony, on December 10, 2011, the honorary degree of Doctor of Science was bestowed on Jane Lubchenco, Chief Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Jane Lubchenco was presented with an Honorary Degree and the Citation for the Honorary Degree.

Jane Lubchenco

 

For more information contact:

Paul Dunn

Senior Executive Assistant to the President

Paul.Dunn@wwu.edu

 

Page Updated 04.01.2014