Rochester Institute of Technology Honorary Degree records

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Collection Overview
Historical Information for Rochester Institute of Technology Honorary Degrees
Scope and Content
Additional Finding Aids
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information

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Rochester Institute of Technology Honorary Degree records
Rochester Institute of Technology.
Inclusive Date(s)
Materials related to honorary degrees conferred by the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). RIT awarded its first honorary degree in 1968. The collection includes information on policies and procedures, biographical information, copies of diplomas, and other related materials.
0.25 Linear feet (1 document box)
C.S. North, Shelf 325
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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Historical Information for Rochester Institute of Technology Honorary Degrees (Collapse)

Although the New York State Board of Regents first allowed the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to issue honorary degrees in 1958, RIT did not award its first degree until 1968 at the dedication ceremony for the university's new campus. Degree recipients were chosen by a faculty committee and were conferred by the university's Board of Trustees. The degree was considered to be the university's highest award and was given to individuals who have:

  • Achieved national recognition
  • Made an outstanding contribution to society
  • Made a significant contribution to his/her professional field.

Past Honorary Degree recipients (current 2007)
1968 Mr. William Scott Vaughn
Honorable Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller
1986 Mr. Jack St. Clair Kilby
1989 Mr. Gordon Parks
Mr. Silvio O. Conte
Dr. S. Richard Silverman
Mr. Albert Rose
Honorable Alfonse M. D'Amato
1990 Honorable Frank Horton
1991 Mr. Vaclav Klaus
Mr. Robert R. Davila
Ms. Henriette D. Avram
1992 Mr. Jīhān Sādāt
Mr. Joseph M. Juran
1993 Mr. Genji Murai
Mr. Mervin D. Garretson
1995 Mr. Douglass C. North
Mr. Burton S. August, Sr.
1996 Ms. Rosalyn Yalow
Ms. Gertrude B. Elion
Mr. Thomas H. Gosnell
Dr. James C. Marsters
1997 President George H. Bush
Ōhi Chōzaemon
1999 Ms. Mary McAleese
Honorable William A. Johnson, Jr.
Mr. E. Kent Damon
Mr. Lucius R. Gordon
2000 Mr. Norman Jewison
2002 Honorable George John Tenet
Mr. Massimo Vignelli
2004 Ms. Anne Mulcahy
2005 Dr. Richard Cheng
2006 Mr. Dean Kamen
2007 President William Jefferson Clinton
Mr. Yōhei Sasakawa

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Scope and Content (Collapse)

The Rochester Institute of Technology Honorary Degree records consist of items related to the various degrees conferred by the university. The collection includes general information such as lists of former recipients, copies of university policies and procedures, and sample diplomas. However, most of the collection is made up of files on individual degree recipients that include biographical information as well as copies of the conferred honorary degrees. Information is available through 2007.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

Materials are separated by recipient and are arranged in chronological order.

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Additional Finding Aids (Collapse)

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

Rochester Institute of Technology Honorary Degree records

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • August, Burton S.
  • Avram, Henriette D.
  • Bush, George, 1924-
  • Cheng, Richard
  • Clinton, Bill, 1946-
  • Conte, Silvio O., (Silvio Ottavio), 1921-1991
  • D'Amato, Alfonse
  • Damon, E. Kent, 1918-2001
  • Davila, Robert R., 1932-
  • Elion, Gertrude B.
  • Gerretson, Merv, 1923-
  • Gordon, Lucius R., 1912-2008
  • Gosnell, Thomas H., 1920-2009
  • Horton, Frank J., (Frank Jefferson), 1919-2004
  • Jewison, Norman, 1926-
  • Johnson, William A., 1942-
  • Juran, J. M., (Joseph M.), 1904-2008
  • Kamen, Dean
  • Kilby, Jack S., (Jack St. Clair), 1923-2005
  • Klaus, Václav
  • Marsters, James C.
  • McAleese, Mary
  • Mulcahy, Anne M., 1952-
  • Murai, Genji
  • North, Douglass Cecil
  • Ōhi, Toshirō, 1927-
  • Parks, Gordon, 1912-2006
  • Rockefeller, Nelson Aldrich, 1908-1979
  • Rose, Albert, 1910-1990
  • Sasakawa, Yōhei, 1939-
  • Sādāt, Jīhān, 1933-
  • Silverman, S. Richard, (Sol Richard), 1911-
  • Tenet, George, 1953
  • Vaughn, William Scott, 1902-1996
  • Vignelli, Massimo
  • Yalow, Rosalyn Sussman, 1921-

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Awards.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Degrees.


  • Degrees, Academic -- New York (State) -- Rochester


  • Biography files
  • Diplomas

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Information for Researchers (Collapse)

Preferred Citation

Rochester Institute of Technology Honorary Degree records, RIT Archive Collections

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Administrative Information (Collapse)

Collection ID


Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in April 2011.

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