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Honorary Degree Recipients

2017

MAY 23, 2017

DEBRA L. LEE
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Black Entertainment Television (BET) Networks

 MARY VIRGINIA ORNA, OSU
Professor Emerita of Chemistry, The College of New Rochelle

2016

MAY 24, 2016

ROBIN ROBERTS
Television broadcaster and co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America

ELIZABETH LEVACA
Chair of the Board of Trustees at The College of New Rochelle

2015

MAY 19, 2015

ELLEN MOONEY HANCOCK
Nationally recognized technology leader

LILLIAN ROBERTS
Retired Executive Director of District Council 37 union

2014

MAY 28, 2014

ALICE GALLIN, OSU
Educator & Historian
Scholar in Residence, The College of New Rochelle

MARIANO RIVERA
Retired Pitcher, New York Yankees

2013

MAY 22, 2013

ANNE SWEENEY
Co-Chair Disney Media Networks and President, Disney/ABC Television Group

MICHAEL AMBLER
Retiring Chairman of the Board, The College of New Rochelle

2012

OCTOBER 12, 2012

  THEODORE CARDINAL McCARRICK
Archbishop of Washington

ELZA DINWIDDIE-BOYD
Dean, School of New Resources, The College of New Rochelle


MAY 19, 2012

CARLA HARRIS
Vice Chairman of Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor, Morgan Stanley

WYNTON MARSALIS
Jazz at Lincoln Center

ARCHBISHOP FRANCIS A. CHULLIKATT
Papal Nuncio
Path to Peace Foundation

2011

MAY 26, 2011

TIMOTHY CARDINAL DOLAN
Archbishop of New York

STEPHEN J. SWEENY
President, The College of New Rochelle, 1997 to 2011

2010

MAY 27, 2010

MARY HEALEY-SEDUTTO
Hope for a Healthier Humanity

MARIA M. ODOM
Executive Director, Catholic Legal Immigration Network

STANLEY KOSAN

IMMACULEE ILIBAGIZA
Rwandan author, holocaust survivor

2009

MAY 21, 2009

MICHAEL J. BRESCIA
Executive Medical Director, Calvary Hospital

TYRONE DAVIS, CFC, JD
Director, Office of Black Ministry - Archdiocese of New York

JOAN E. MCVETTY BRISTOL
Vice President for Student Services, The College of New Rochelle

2008

MAY 22, 2008

EMILY K. RAFFERTY
President, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

CARDINAL OSCAR ANDRES RODRIGUEZ MARADIAGA
Archbishop of Tegucigalpa
Church of Honduras

MARY ANTONA EBO, F.S.M.
Civil rights pioneer


APRIL 24, 2008

  NUALA KENNY, OC
Retired Professor, Dalhousie University

EDMUND D. PELLEGRINO
Chairman, Georgetown University
President's Council on Bioethics

2007

MAY 24, 2007

RICK CURRY, S.J.
Founder and Artistic Director, National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped

PERNESSA C. STEELE
Founder and CEO, The Balm in Gilead

JOHN SWEENEY
President, AFL-CIO

2006

MAY 25, 2006

NORMAN C. FRANCIS
President, Xavier University, New Orleans

THOMAS E. HALES
Chairman and CEO, Union State Bank Financial Center

LINDA E. KELLY
Superintendent of Schools, City School District of New Rochelle

2005

MAY 26, 2005

MAUREEN ORTH
Special Correspondent, Vanity Fair

TIMOTHY J. RUSSERT
Washington Bureau Chief, NBC News

CICELY TYSON
Award-winning Actress

2004

JUNE 15, 2004

ELIZABETH JOHNSON, S.C.J.
Distinguished Professor of Theology, Fordham University


MAY 27, 2004

EARL GRAVES
Publisher and Chairman, Black Enterprise magazine

JEAN BAPTISTE NICHOLSON, O.S.U.
Past Chair, The College of New Rochelle Board of Trustees; Principal, Ursuline School in New Rochelle

DIANNA ORTIZ, O.S.U.
Ursuline Missionary and Human Rights Advocate


APRIL 21, 2004

PATRICIA CRUISE, S.C.
President, Covenant House


MARCH 23, 2004

PATRICIA A. MCGUIRE
President, Trinity College, Washington, D.C.


FEBRUARY 19, 2004

CORNEL WEST
Philosopher, Academic, Activist, Author
Princeton University

2003

DECEMBER 3, 2003

INDRA NOOYI
President and Chief Financial Officer, PepsiCo


SEPTEMBER 15, 2003

AVERY CARDINAL DULLES, S.J.
Professor of Religion and Society, Fordham University

ANTONIA COELLO NOVELLO
New York State Health Commissioner

MARY E. LYONS
President, University of San Diego


MAY 22, 2003

CORRINE CLAIBORNE BOGGS
Former U.S. Representative

JOHN LEWIS
United States Representative, Civil Rights Pioneer

EUGENE R. McGRATH
Chairman and CEO, Consolidated Edison Company of New York

LOWERY STOKES SIMS
Director, Studio Museum in Harlem

2002

OCTOBER 19, 2002

YVELISE MOLINA BOSCH
Class of 1948


MAY 23, 2002

M. PATRICIA DURRANT
Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations; U.N. Ombudsman

LEE A. SAUNDERS, SR.
Assistant to the President of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees


APRIL 11, 2002

EDWARD M. CARDINAL EGAN
Archbishop of New York

2001

OCTOBER 25, 2001

DENYCE GRAVES
Opera Singer

BERNARD B. KERIK
New York City Police Commissioner

THOMAS VON ESSEN
New York City Fire Commissioner


MAY 24, 2001

BEVERLEE BRUCE
Chair, Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children, 1994 to 1999

MARY SCHMIDT CAMPBELL
Dean, New York University Tisch School of Arts; former New York Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, Executive Director of Harlem's Studio Museum

WALTER McCARTHY
Vice President for Financial Affairs, The College of New Rochelle

BISHOP JOHN R. McGANN
Rockville Centre Diocese

2000

NOVEMBER 29, 2000

ELLEN V. FUTTER
President, American Museum of Natural History


MAY 25, 2000

DOROTHY F. COTTON
Civil Rights Activist

1999

MAY 30, 1999

ROSCOE C. BROWN, JR.
Tuskegee Airman

BRIGID DRISCOLL, R.S.H.M.

HELENE HOLLIS SCHAEFER
Class of 1985, Earned Bachelor's Degree at age 85


MAY 18, 1999

ARCHBISHOP GIUSSEPPE PITTAU, S.J.

1998

MAY 24, 1998

KEVIN THOMAS DUFFY
U.S. District Court Judge

MARY LINEHAN, S.C.

AUDREY FORBES MANLEY
President, Spelman College

KATHLEEN A. ROSS, S.N.J.M.

MAURO CHRISTOPHER ROMITA
President, Castle Oil; Chair and Member, The College of New Rochelle Board of Trustees

1997

MAY 25, 1997

RUBY BRIDGES HALL
Civil Rights Pioneer

LORETTA THERESE RICHARDS, F.H.M.

FREDERICK P. ROSE
Philanthropist and Builder

1996

MAY 26, 1996

ALAIR TOWNSEND
Publisher, Crain's New York Business

ROSARIO GREEN
Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mexico

JOSEPH N. HANKIN
President, Westchester Community College

THE REVEREND BERNARD J. McMAHON
Associate Professor Emeritus, English

GAIL BROOKS RICE

1995

MAY 28, 1995

COLETTE AVITAL
Israeli Diplomat and Politician

WILLIAM J. FLYNN

THE REVEREND SMANGALISO MKHATSWA
Anti-Apartheid Activist in South Africa

ARCHBISHOP MICHEL SABBAH
Archbishop and Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem

1994

MAY 29, 1994

BLANCHE D. BLANK
President, Hunter College

YVONNE M. POWELL

FRANCES STERNHAGEN

CRISTINA RAMOS TOOSIE

1993

MAY 30, 1993

JORGE L. BATISTA

PATRICIA A. CAHILL

THE REVEREND VERNON A. SHANNON

RABBI AMIEL WOHL

THOMAS W. JONES

1992

MAY 24, 1992

RUTH WATSON LUBIC

GORDON PARKS

DORIS H. SMITH, S.C.

ROBIN TONER

1991

MAY 26, 1991

JOHNNETTA B. COLE
President, Spelman College

JOHN D. FEERICK
Dean, Fordham University School of Law

MARY ROSE McGEADY, D.C.
Covenant House

JAMES J. NICHOLSON
Chairman, The College of New Rochelle Board of Trustees

1990

SEPTEMBER 25, 1990

ARCHBISHOP DESMOND M. TUTU


MAY 27, 1990

THEA BOWMAN, F.S.P.A.

CHARLAYNE HUNTER-GAULT
Journalist, Foreign Correspondent for National Public Radio, Public Broadcasting Service

BISHOP FRANCIS J. MUGAVERO
Diocese of Brooklyn

MART SUSI
Founder, Estonian Institute of Human Sciences

1989

MAY 28, 1989

LAURO F. CAVAZOS
Secretary of Education

CLARA McBRIDE HALE
Founder, Hale House Center

ROBERTA PETERS
World-Renowned Operatic Soprano

MURIEL SIEBERT
President, New York Women's Agenda

1988

DECEMBER 1, 1988

ROBERTA G. CADE


MAY 29, 1988

FRITZ W. ALEXANDER II
New York State Court of Appeals

CAROL ANNE HARRIS

THOMAS A. HOCTOR
New Rochelle City Historian

LAURIE APRIL RECHT

1987

NOVEMBER 14, 1987

MARY ENGEL FLANNERY


MAY 24, 1987

BARBARA ARONSTEIN BLACK
Dean, Columbia Law School

CAROL JENKINS
WNBC Anchor

BISHOP EMERSON J. MOORE
Archdiocese of New York

WILLIAM S. WOODSIDE
Chairman, American Can Corporation

1986

MAY 25, 1986

MARION P. AMES
Jurist and Vice Chairman, New York State Committee for Modern Courts

JEWEL PLUMMER COBB
President, California State University at Fullerton

VICTOR GOTBAUM
Vice President, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

EUGENE M. LANG
Industrialist and Philanthropist

ELIE WIESEL
Author and Holocaust Survivor

1985

MAY 26, 1985

RUBY DEE
Actor, Poet, and Playwright

LILLIAN VERNON KATZ
Founder and President, Lillian Vernon Corp.

ROSARIO G. MANALO
Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

ROSA PARKS
Civil Rights Activist

DONNA E. SHALALA
President, Hunter College

1984

MAY 27, 1984

PAULINE B. FLIPPIN

KATHLEEN LUKENS
Activist for Developmentally Disabled

JOSEPH O'HARE, S.J.

BISHOP JOSEPH T. O'KEEFE
Archdiocese of New York

GEORGE W. WEBBER

1983

MAY 29, 1983

REVEREND J. BRYAN HEHIR

GERTRUDE G. MICHELSON
Senior Vice President for External Affairs, Macy's

ARCHIBALD R. MURRAY
Attorney in Chief and Executive Director, Legal Aid Society

1982

MAY 30, 1982

LENA F. EDWARDS, M.D.
Medal of Freedom Recipient

A. BARTLETT GIAMATTI
President, Yale University

LYDIA U. SAVOYKA
Director of Immigration Counseling Services, United States Catholic Conference

THOMAS TAAFFE
Professor of Philosophy, The College of New Rochelle

1981

MAY 24, 1981

JOSEPH E. CUNNEEN
Co-founder, Cross Currents

SALLY MCDEVITT CUNNEEN
Co-founder, Cross Currents

ROBERT GARCIA
United States Representative, Bronx

C. SAMUEL KISSINGER
City Manager, New Rochelle

JOAN ADAMS MONDALE
Advocate for the Arts

1980

MAY 25, 1980

VIRGINIA HANRAHAN, O.P.

ROBERT KEESHAN

BISHOP JAMES P. LYKE, O.F.M.

ERNEST THORNE THOMPSON

FLORENCE M. THOMPSON

1979

MAY 27, 1979

WARREN M. ANDERSON

ROBERT COLES

MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN

PAUL C. REINERT, S.J.

ANNA T. SHEEDY

1978

MAY 28, 1978

BARBARA B. BLUM

MAIREAD CORRIGAN

JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN

ALLARD K. LOWENSTEIN

RICHARD L. OTTINGER

BETTY WILLIAMS

1977

MAY 22, 1977

JOSEPH A. CALIFANO, JR.

HUGH L. CAREY

KITTY CARLISLE HART

HOWARD A. RUSK

1976

MAY 23, 1976

JACQUES D'AMBOISE

THEODORE M. HESBURGH, C.S.C.

JOHN H.G. PELL

EVELYN SCHNEIDER, S.C.

1975

MAY 25, 1975

EUGENIE FLERI DOYLE, M.D.

PATRICIA ROBERTS HARRIS

BERNARD RIFKIN

1974

MAY 26, 1974

FRANCES P. CONNOR

SIDNEY P. MUDD

JOHN J. SIRICA

MALCOLM WILSON

1973

MAY 20, 1973

MARIETTA TREE

JOHN F. McGILLICUDDY

EWALD NYQUIST

LILLIAN ROBERTS

1972

MAY 21, 1972

DEBORAH PARTRIDGE WOLFE

CHARLES S. HORGAN

1971

MAY 23, 1971

JOHN GERARD DRISCOLL, C.F.C.

WILLIAM VINCENT SHANNON

1969

MAY 25, 1969

OGDEN R. REID

1968

MAY 27, 1968

TERENCE JAMES CARDINAL COOKE

JOSEPH WASHINGTON McGOVERN

1967

OCTOBER 15, 1967

COLUMBUS O'DONNELL ISELIN

JAMES A. LINEN

DOROTHEA McCARTHY

MANNING M. PATTILLO, JR.

1962

JUNE 4, 1962

BISHOP JOHN CARMEL HEENAN

1961

JUNE 5, 1961

LAURIAN CARDINAL RUGAMBWA