Past Honorary Degree Recipients

Temple University confers honorary degrees to distinguished individuals whose values and accomplishments exemplify the university’s mission and ideals. Temple has awarded more than 900 honorary degrees throughout its history. The following list includes all honorees organized alphabetically by last name and year. Key of honorary degrees

A stained-glass window featuring a graduate holding a diploma.
Photo credit: Joseph V. Labolito

Degree Key

DBA | Doctor of Business Administration
DCO | Doctor of Communication
DCL | Doctor of Civil Laws
DFA | Doctor of Fine Arts
DHS | Doctor of Humanitarian Services
DPA | Doctor of Public Administration
DPS | Doctor of Professional Studies
DD | Doctor of Divinity
JD | Doctor of Jurisprudence 
LHD | Doctor of Humane Letters
LittD | Doctor of Letters
LLD | Doctor of Laws
MusD | Doctor of Music
PedD | Doctor of Pedagogy
PhD | Doctor of Philosophy
ScD | Doctor of Science
STD | Doctor of Sacred Theology