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Baccalaureate Degrees

1897: Professor L. H. Bailey, Cornell University, M.A.C. Class of 1882 (June 18), Ithaca, New York

1898: Pearl Kedzie, M.A.C, East Lansing, Michigan

1899: A.S. Draper, President, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne

1900: Booker T. Washington (June 15), Tuskegee, Alabama

1901: J.B. Johnson, Professor, C.E. University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

1902: W.O. Thompson, President, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

1903: Fred J. Miller, Editor of American Machinist

1904: H.C. White, President Georgia Agricultural and Mechanical College, Athens, Georgia

1905: Honorable Charles E. Townsend, U.S. Representative, Concord, Michigan

1906: Honorable George H. Maxwell, Attorney, Journalist, and President of the National Irrigation Association, California

1907: Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States of America

1908: Miss Jane Addams, Hull House Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

1909: Dr. Charles Sumner Howe, President, Case School of Applied Science, Cleveland, Ohio

1910: Dr. James B. Angell, President Emeritus, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1911: Dr. James K. Patterson, President Emeritus, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky

1912: Dr. A Ross Hill, President, Missouri University, Columbia, Missouri

1913: Dr. Ida M. Tarbell, Teacher, Investigative Journalist, and Author, the History of the Standard Oil Company

1914: The Honorable Thomas Mott Osborne, Auburn, New York

1915: Chancellor David Starr Jordan, Leland Stanford Junior University, Palo Alto, California

1916: Dr. William Oxley Thompson, President, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

1917: Dr. Samuel M. Crothers, Cambridge, Massachusetts

1918: Dr. Liberty H. Bailey, Ithaca, New York

1919: Dr. Robert M. Wenley, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1920: Dean Harry Luman Russell, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

1921: Honorable Woodridge N. Ferris, Big Rapids, Michigan

1922: David Friday, President of M.A.C, East Lansing, Michigan

1923: Dr. John W. Laird, President of Albion College, Albion, Michigan

1924: Dexter Simpson Kimball, Dean of the College of Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

1925: Honorable Frank O. Lowden, Republican President Candidate 1924, Chicago, Illinois

1926: Dr. Francis J. McConnell

1927: Dr. W. W. Diehl, Class of ’87

1928: Dr Eugene Davenport, ’78 Dean and Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

1929: Dr. Paul Frank Voelker, President, Battle Creek College, Battle Creek, Michigan

1930: Dr. Gordan Jennings Laing, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Literature, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

1931: Dr. Charles R. McKenny, President, Michigan State Normal College, Ypsilanti, Michigan

1932: Dr. Glen Frank, President, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

1933: Dr. W. D. Henderson, Director of University Extension, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1934: Dr. Ernest O. Melby, Professor of Education, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

1935: Professor Edwin Mims, Head of Department of English, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

1936: Dr. Gordon Laing, Professor in the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

1937: William G. Cameron, Ford Motor Company

1938: The Honorable Frank Murphy, Governor of Michigan, Detroit, Michigan

1939: Dr. Howard C. Elliott, President, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

1940: Dr. Allen A. Stockdale, Speakers' Bureau, National Association of Manufacturers, New York

1941: Dr. Raymond A. Kent, President, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

1942: Dr. John J. Tiver, President, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

1943: Dr. C.A. Dykstra, President, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

1944: Dr. Howard L. Bevis, President, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

1945: Dr. Franklin B. Snyder, President, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

1946: Dr. Edmund E. Day, President, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

1947: Dr. James L. Morrill, President, University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, Minnesota

1948: Charles F. Kettering, General Motors Engineer, Detroit, Michigan

1949: The Honorable David Lilienthal, Chairman, United States Atomic Commission

1950: The Honorable Alben W. Barkley, Vice President of the United States, Washington, D.C.

1951: The Honorable Nelson A. Rockefeller, Chairman, International Advisory Board, New York City, New York

1951-F: Dr. W.W. Whitehouse, President, Albion College, Albion, Michigan

1952-W:  Dr. C.L. Anspach, President, Central Michigan College, Mount Pleasant, Michigan 1952-S: Paul G. Hoffman, Director of the Ford Foundation. Los Angeles, California

1952-F: Dr. John S. Everto, President, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan

1953-W: Dr. Paul V. Sangren, President, Western Michigan College, Kalamazoo, Michigan 1953-S: Dr. Frederick L. Hovde, President of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

1953-F: Dr. Eugene Elliott, President, Eastern Michigan College, Ypsilanti, Michigan

1954-W: Dr. John S. Harker, President, Alma College, Alma, Michigan

1954-S: Dr. Arthur S. Adams, President, American Council on Education, Durham, New Hampshire

1954-F: Dr. Harry Newburn, President, Education, Television and Radio Center, Eugene, Oregon

1955-W: Dr. James W. Miller, Controller for the State of Michigan

1955-S: Admiral Arthur W. Radford, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.

1955-F: Dr. Jon A. Dawson, President, Adrian College

1956-W: Dr. Welmer K. Hicks, President, Kalamazoo College

1956-S: Dr. Virgil M. Hancher, President, State University of Iowa

1956-F: Dean Charles E. Odegaard, College of Literature, University of Michigan

1957-W: Dr. L. Dale Faunce, Vice President, Western Michigan College

1957-S: The Honorable Richard M. Nixon, Vice President of the United States

1957-F: Reverend Robert D. Swanson, President, Alma College

1958-W: Dr. John Van Pelt, President, Michigan College of Mining and Technology 1958-S: The Honorable Adlai E. Stevenson

1958-F: Dr. Edgar Harden, Northern State College

1959-W: Dr. Gus Turbeville, President, Northland College

1959-S: The Right Honorable John G. Diefenbaker, Prime Minister of Canada

1959-F: Dr. Irwin J. Lubbers, President, Hope College

1960-W: Dr. Victor F. Spathelf, President, Ferris Institute

1960-S: The Honorable Harry S. Truman, Thirty-third President of the United States

1960-F: Dr. A.L. Knoblauch, President, Western Illinois University

1961-W: Dr. Louis W. Norris, President, Albion College 1961-S: General of the Army Douglas MacArthur

1961-F: George Romney, President, American Motors Corporation

1962-W: Stephen S. Nisbet, President, Constitutional Convention

1962-S: The Honorable Michael J. Mansfield, United States Senator from Montana

1962-F:  Dr. Samuel Miller Brownell, Superintendent of Public Schools, Detroit

1963-W: The Very Reverend Laurence V. Britt, President, University of Detroit

1963-S: The Honorable Frederick Russell Kappel, Chairman of the Board, A.T. & T.

1963-F: Mr. Durward B. Varner, Chancellor of Oakland University

1964-W:  Walter P. Reuther, President, United Auto Workers and Vice President, AFL-CIO 1964-S: Dr. John W. Gardner, President, Carnegie Corporation

1964-F: The Honorable Philip A. Hart, United States Senator from Michigan

1965-W: The Honorable Gerald R. Ford, United States Representative, Fifth District, Michigan 1965-S: The Honorable Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States

1965-F:  The Honorable John C. Mackie, Member of Congress, Seventh District of Michigan

1966-W: The Honorable Martha W. Griffiths, Member of Congress, 17th District of Michigan 1966-S: The Honorable Hubert H. Humphrey, Vice President of the United States

1966-F: Stephen J. Wright, President of the United Negro College Fund

1967-W: O. Meredith Wilson, President, University of Minnesota

1967-S: President John A. Hannah, Michigan State University

1967-F: Robben W. Fleming, President-Designate, University of Michigan

1968-W: Dr. Logan Wilson, President, American Council on Education

1968-S: Dr. Benjamin Eligah Mays, President Emeritus, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia

1968-F: The Reverend Theodore Hesburgh, President, Notre Dame University

1969-W: Dr. Clifford M. Hardin, United States Secretary of Agriculture

1969-S: Dr. Calvin Hastings Plimpton, President, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts

1969-F: Dr. Kingman Brewster, Jr., President of Yale University

1970-W: William David McElroy, Director, National Science Foundation

1970-S: Mrs. Esther Peterson (Oliver A.), Legislative Representative for Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, AFL-CIO

1970-F: Durward B. Varner, Chancellor, University of Nebraska

1971-W: The Honorable Wade H. McCree, Jr., Judge, United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, Detroit

1971-S: Alan Pifer, President, Carnegie Corporation

1971-F: John Kenneth Galbraith, Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics, Harvard University

1972-W: Vernon E. Jordon, Jr., Executive Director, National Urban League

1972-S: Osborn Elliott, Chairman of the Board, Newsweek

1972-F:  Elliot Richardson, Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare

1973-W: Miss Nancy Hanks, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts 1973-S: Walter Cronkite, Managing Editor, CBS Evening News

1973-F: Mrs. Barbara Ward, International Economist

1974-W: Robben W. Fleming, President, University of Michigan

1974-S: The Honorable Edward W. Brooke, Massachusetts, the United States Senate

1974-F: Van Cliburn, Pianist

1975-W: The Honorable James G. O'Hara, Representative, the State of Michigan, the United States House of Representatives

1975-S: Katherine Graham, Publisher of the Washington Post

1975-F: Clark Kerr, Chairman, Carnegie Council on Policy Studies in Higher Education

1976-W: Russel E. Train, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. 1976-S: George W. Ball, Partner, Lehman Brothers, Inc. and former Under Secretary of State

1976-F: Martha Griffiths, Former United States Congresswoman, and Attorney

1977-W: John A. Meyers, Publisher of Sports Illustrated

1977-S: The Honorable Andrew J. Young, United States Ambassador to the United Nations

1977-F: Dr. Clifton R. Wharton, Jr., President, Michigan State University

1978-W: Thomas A. Bartlett, President, Association of American Universities

1978-S: The Honorable Thomas S. Foley, Representative, State of Washington, United States House of Representatives

1978-F: Richard C. Atkinson, Ph.D., Director, National Science Foundation

1979-W: Gene F. Jankowski, President, CBS Broadcast Group

1979-S: John A. Hannah, President Emeritus, Michigan State University

1979-F: Walter Adams, Former President, Distinguished Professor in Economics, Michigan State University

1980-W: Co-speakers: Eric John Berglund, Honors Graduate, 1978, and Diane Ellen Adunczyk, Honors Graduate, 1979

1980-S: Edgar L. Harden, President Emeritus, Michigan State University

1980-F: The Honorable William D. Ford, United States Congressman

1981-W: Peter S. Carlson, John A. Hannah Professor, Michigan State University 1981-S: Francis James McDonald, President, General Motors

1981-F: Co-speakers: Benjamin Streeter, III, Honors Graduate, 1976 and Ann Waldron, Honors Graduate, 1980

1982-W: David K. Scott, Ph.D., John A. Hannah Professor in Nuclear Science, Michigan State University 1982-S: The Honorable William G. Milliken, Governor of the State of Michigan

1982-F: Co-speakers: Steven A. Polio, Honors Graduate, 1977, 1980, and Susan Finkbiner Bartz, Honors Graduate, 1980

1983-W: Dr. Guy L. Bush, Professor in Evolutionary Biology

1983-S: The Honorable James J. Blanchard, Governor of the State of Michigan

1983-F: Co-speakers: Craig A. Fedore, Honors Graduate, 1978, and Pamela K. Withrow, Honors Graduate, 1975

1984-W: Linda Wagner, Professor of English, Michigan State University

1984-S: M. Peter McPherson, Administrator, Agency for International Development

1984-F: Co-speakers: Judith Brown-King, Graduate, 1983, and Steven P. Spivey, Graduate, 1977

1985-W: Daniel R. Ilgen, John A. Hannah Professor in Psychology & Management

1985-S: Richard H. Austin, Secretary of State, State of Michigan

1985-F: Co-speakers: Michael McConnell, Honors Graduate, 1976, and Mary Norton McConnell, Honors Graduate, 1977

1986-W: Martin J. Bukovac, Distinguished Professor, Department of Horticulture

1986-S: John DiBiaggio, President, Michigan State University

1986-F: Co-speakers: Valente Espinoza, Graduate, 1985, and David Hales, Graduate, 1984

1987-W: Ruth Hamilton, Distinguished Professor, Department of Sociology

1987-S: Joe H. Stroud, Editor, Detroit Free Press

1987-F: Harold T. Shapiro, President, University of Michigan 1988-W: The Reverend Jesse L. Jackson

1988-S: Robert L. Clodius, President, National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges

1988-F: Clifton R. Wharton, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association and College Retirement Equities Fund

1989-W: Darlene C. Hine, Hannah Professor, Department of History, Michigan State University

1989-S: Lauro F. Cavazos, United States Secretary of Education 1989-F: Stevland Morris (Stevie Wonder)

1990-W: Abel B. Sykes, Jr., President, Lansing Community College

1990-S: Lee A. Iacocca, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Chrysler Corporation 1990-F: Molly K. Brennan, Rhodes Scholar, Class of 1982

1991-W: Gordon Hirabayashi, Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta, Canada 1991-S: The Honorable John M. Engler, Governor, the State of Michigan

1991-F: Walter Adams, Former President, Distinguished Professor in Economics, MSU

1992-W: Harold (Red) Poling, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board, Ford Motor Company 1992-S: Walter E. Massey, Director, National Science Foundation

1992-F: Dick Beals, Voice Actor

1993-S: Clifton R. Wharton, Jr., Deputy Secretary of State, the United States 1993-F: Mary Fisher, Founder, Family AIDS Network

1994-S: Ernest Green, Managing Director, Lehman Brothers

1994-F: Peter A Seligmann, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Conservation International

1995-S: The Honorable William Jefferson Clinton, Forty-second President of the United States

1995-S: Ingrid Saunders Jones, Vice President of Corporate External Affairs for the Coca-Cola Company and Chairperson of the Coca-Cola Foundation


  • Frederik Meijer, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Meijer Incorporated
  • The Honorable Spencer Abraham, the United States Senate

1996-S: Helen Thomas, United Press International, White House Bureau Chief


  • The Honorable David C. Hollister, Mayor, the City of Lansing, Michigan
  • William David Brohn, Orchestrator, Broadway Theater, Music ‘55

1997-S: William H. Gray, III, President and CEO, The College Fund/United Negro College Fund


  • Branford Marsalis, Grammy Award Winning Saxophonist and Educator
  • Catherine Herrick Cobb Distinguished Lecturer at Michigan State University
  • John F. Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Board and CEO, President, General Motors Corporation

1998-S: Gregory Kelser, Former Professional Basketball Player for the NBA, and Sports Broadcaster. Member of the 1979 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship Team.


  • Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, author, journalist and PBS and NBC panelist/commentator
  • Lawrence S. Eagleburger, Former U.S. Secretary of State, Senior Foreign Policy Advisor

1999-S: Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize

1999-F: Stephen Jay Gould, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 2000-S: James D. Wofensohn, President, The World Bank Group, Washington, D.C.


  • Alejandro Junco de la Vega, Award-winning Journalist, and Publisher, Grupo Reforma, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Jeffrey N. Cole, Honors College Alum 1970, Former Chairman and CEO, Ferrous Processing and Trading Company, Birmingham, Michigan

2001-S: Co-speakers:

  • Thomas Izzo, Head Coach, Men=s Basketball, Intercollegiate Athletics, Michigan State University
  • Ronald Mason, Head Coach, Hockey, Intercollegiate Athletics, Michigan State University


  • W. Clark Bunting, Executive Vice President and General Manager, The Discovery Channel, Bethesda, Maryland
  • Lee C. Bollinger, President, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

2002-S: The Honorable Richard B. Cheney, Vice President of the United States of America


  • Eli Broad, Chairman, AIG SunAmerica Inc. Founder, The Broad Foundation, Los Angeles, California
  • Eleanor M. Josaitis, Chief Operating Office and Cofounder, Focus: HOPE, Detroit, Michigan

2003-S: The Honorable Jennifer M. Granholm, 47th Governor of the State of Michigan


  • The Honorable Deborah A. Stabenow, United States Senator from the State of Michigan
  • Bernard B. Kerik, Author and Chief Executive Officer, Giuliani-Kerik LLC, New York, New York

2004-S: Condoleezza Rice, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, National Security Council,Washington, D.C.


  • Dan L. DeGrow, Superintendent, St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA)
  • The Honorable Carl Levin, United States Senator from the State of Michigan

2005-S: Maya Angelou, Best-Selling Author and Inaugural Poet, Civil Rights Activist, Educator, Historian, Actress, Playwright, Producer and Director.


  • Jared M. Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author, and Professor Geography, UCLA
  • Mary R. Dawson, Curator Emeritus, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2006-S: Berry Gordy, Founder of Motown Records


  • Andrea L. Van de Kamp, Independent Consultant; Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors, Music Center of L.A. County, California; College of Arts and Letters Alumna ’66
  • Kay Koplovitz, Founder, USA Network, and Author, Bold Women, Big Ideas; College of Communication Arts and Sciences Alumna ‘68

2007-S: Jaime A. Escalante, Author and Educator. His story, as a high school mathematics teacher in East Los Angeles, inspired the movie Stand and Deliver.


  • Peter Löscher, President and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens AG, Munich, Germany
  • Winston E. Scott, Author, Reflections from Earth Orbit, Vice President and Deputy General Manager, Jacobs Engineering Group, Houston, Texas

2008-S: The Honorable Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Prime Minister, Norway, and Past Director-General, World Health Organization

2008-F: John B. McCoy, Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bank One Corporation, Chicago, Illinois

2008-F: Jack Epps, Jr., Screenwriter, Associate Professor and Chairperson, Writing for Screen and Television, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, and English, BA ‘72, Michigan State University

2009-S: The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus, Nobel Peace Prize ‘84


  • Edward J. Minskoff, Jr., President, Edward J. Minskoff Equities, Inc., New York, New York. Economics, BA ’62, Michigan State University
  • Nancy G. Brinker, Founder, Susan G. Komen for the Cure

2010-S: The Honorable Joseph P. Kennedy, II, Former US Congressman of Massachusetts, Founder, Chairperson and President, Citizens Energy Corporation, Boston, Massachusetts


  • Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Magic Johnson Enterprises, and Chairman and Founder, Magic Johnson Foundation, Inc. Member of the 1979 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship Team.
  • Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, General Electric Company

2011-S: Steve “Woz” Wozniak, Apple Computer, Inc., co-founder


  • Mitch Albom, Best-selling Author, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, Radio and TV Commentator, Playwright, and Screenwriter
  • Roy S. Roberts, Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager, Detroit, Michigan

2012-S: The Honorable Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland


  • Rick Snyder, Governor, Michigan
  • Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Director, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution

2013-S: Timothy Busfield, Emmy Award-Winning Actor, Executive Producer and Director in Television, Founder of Fantasy Theatre and Co-founder of B Street Theatre


  • James P. Hackett, Chief Executive Officer, Steelcase Inc., Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Sergio Marchionne, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chrysler Group LLC, Chief Executive Officer, Fiat S.p.A., Auburn Hills, Michigan

2014-S: Azim Premji, Philanthropist and Chairman, Wipro Limited, Bangalore India


  • George F. Will, Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, Magazine/Newspaper editor and columnist, Television News Program analyst and contributor, Washington, D.C.
  • Michael Moore, documentary filmmaker and winner of an Emmy Award for Roger and Me, Academy Award for Bowling for Columbine and the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or for Fahrenheit 9/11

2015-S: Robert A. Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Burbank, CA. MSU alumnus


  • Darlene Clark Hine, 1987-2004 John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of History at MSU, Board of Trustees Professor of African American Studies and Professor of History at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
  • Susan B. Goldberg, Editor-in-Chief, National Geographic. MSU alumna

2016-S: Mona Hanna-Attisha, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, College of Human Medicine, MSU, and Director, Pediatric Residency Program, Hurley Children’s Hospital, Flint, Michigan. MSU alumna


  • John M. Duffey, President and Chief Executive Officer, Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, Grand Prairie, Texas. MSU alumnus
  • Barbara Ross-Lee, Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs, New York Institute of Technology, New York, New York. MSU alumna

2017-S: Kirk Gibson, Founder of The Gibson Foundation, College Football Hall of Fame Honoree, Clarkston, Michigan


  • Cindy Pasky, President and Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Staffing Solutions, Detroit, Michigan
  • Priya Balasubramaniam, Vice President of iPhone Operations, Apple, Inc, Cupertino, California MBA MSU alumna

2018-S: Wanda Herndon, President, W Communications, Seattle, Washington, MSU alumna


  • Josette Sheeran, President and CEO, Asia Society, New York, New York
  • Ann Dunwoody, General, United States Army Retired, Tampa, Florida

2019-S: Kirk Cousins, Professional Athlete, National Football League, Holland, Michigan, MSU alumnus


  • Doug Meijer, Co-chairman of Meijer, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Susan Packard, Co-founder of HGTV and Scripps NetworkS Interactive, Knoxville, Tennessee, MSU alumnus



  • Draymond Green, Professional Athlete, National Basketball Association, Sacramento, California, MSU alumnus
  • Todd Penegor, President & CEO, The Wendy’s Company, Dublin, Ohio, MSU alumnus



  • September Ceremony: Dan and Jennifer Gilbert, Rock Ventures, Detroit, Michigan, MSU Alumni
  • December Ceremonies:
    • Amy Yoder, President & CEO, Anuvia Plant Nutrients, Winter Garden, Florida, MSU alumna
    • Douglas Laycock, Professor, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, MSU alumnus
    • Craig Menear, Chairman and CEO, The Home Depot, Atlanta, Georgia, MSU alumnus

2022-S: Steven Smith, Sports Broadcasting Analyst, Atlanta, Georgia, MSU alumnus


  • Okhee Lee-Salwen, Professor, New York University, New York, New York, MSU alumnus
  • Terry Gabreski, Lieutenant General, Retired United States Air Force, Panama City, Florida

2023-SLisa Cook, Governor, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve Bank, Washington, D.C.


  • Linda Apsey, President & CEO, ITC Holdings, Novi, Michigan, MSU alumna
  • David MacMillan, James S. McDonnell Distinguished Professor, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

2024-S: Mark Dantonio, Former Head Football Coach, Michigan Stae University, Fort Meyers, Florida

Advanced Degrees

1970-S: Boger

1970-S: Boger

1970-F: Von Tersch

1971-W: Lee

1971-S: Armistead

1971-F: Louhi

1972-W: Hawley

1972-S: Oyer

1972-F: Sullivan

1972(3)-W: Harrison

1972(3)-S: Carlin


1974-F: Rohman

1975-W: Banks

1975-S: Green

1975-F: Muelder

1976-W: Lund

1976-S: Magen

1976-F: Lewis

1977-W: Byerrum

1977-S: None

1977-F: Welser

1978-W: Bettinghaus

1978-S: None

1978-F: Andrew

1979-W: Weston

1979-S: None

1979-F: Goldhammer

1980-W: Anderson

1980-S: None

1980-F: Vlasin

1981-W: Lewis

1981-S: None

1981-F: Lund

1982-W: Smuckler

1982-S: None

1982-F: Sullivan

1983-W: Gullahorn

1983-S: Chapin

1983-F: Hollingsworth

1984-W: Von Tersch

1984-S: Nickerson

1984-F: Steidle

1985-W: Smuckler

1985-S: Lanier

1985-F: Blosser

1986-W: Tolbert

1986-S: Winder

1986-F: Andrew

1987-W: Von Tersch

1987-S: Cantlon

1987-F: Hoppensteadt

1988-W: Miller

1988-S: Eadie

1988-F: Chapin

1989-W: Steidle

1989-S: Stemple

1989-F: Darden

1990-W: Davis

1990-S: Smuckler

1990-F: Pierre

1991-W: Abbett

1991-S: Lim

1991-F: Corey

1992-W: Imig

1992-S: Frank Press, President, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

1992-F: John Brademas, President Emeritus, New York University, New York City, New York

1993-S: William H. Cunningham, Chancellor, The University of Texas System, Austin, Texas

1993-F: A. Alfred Taubman, Chairman, The Taubman Co., Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

1994-S: David A. Bromley, Sterling Professor of Sciences, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 1994-F: KunMo Chung, President, Institute for Advanced Engineering, Seoul, Korea

1995-S: Neal F. Lane, Director, National Science Foundation (NSF), Arlington, Virginia

1995-F: Andree Roaf, State Supreme Court Associate Justice, Little Rock, Arkansas

1996-S: Bruce Alberts, President, National Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California

1996-F: Homer AlfredNeal, Interim President, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1997-S: Fay Ajzenberg-Selove, Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1997-F: Mary Lowe Good, Former Under Secretary for Technology, US Dept of Commerce, Washington, D.C.

1998-S: Vernon J. Ehlers, US Congress, Third District Representative, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1998-F: C. Peter Magrath, President, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), Washington, D.C.

1999-S: Jean Chretien, Prime Minister, Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

1999-F: George F. Vande Woude, Director, Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2000-S: Rita R. Colwell, Director, National Science Foundation (NSF), College Park, Maryland

2000-F: Raymond Kurzweil, Chairman & CEO, Kurzweil Technologies, Inc., Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts

2001-S: Wendy Baldwin, Deputy Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH), New York City, New York

2001-F: Roger N.Beachy, President & Director, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, Missouri

2002-S: Peter C. Doherty, Nobel Prize, Chairman, Immunology, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee

2002-F: Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator, UN Development Programme (UNDP), New York City, New York

2003-S: Jane Lubchenco, Wayne & Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology, and OSU Distinguished Professor of Zoology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

2003-F: Lewis W.Coleman, President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, San Francisco, California

2004-S: Hernando de Soto, President, Institute of Liberty and Democracy, Lima, Peru

2004-F: Barbara Masekela, South African Ambassador to the United States, South African Embassy, Washington, D.C.

2005-S: Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland

2005-F: Jonathan K. S. Choi, President, Sun Wah Group, Hong Kong, SAR

2006-S: Paul Ehrlich, President, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford, California

2006-F: Deborah L. Wince-Smith, President, Council on Competitiveness, Washington, D.C.

2007-S: Julie L. Gerberding, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),Atlanta, Georgia

2007-F: Ian Wilmut, Director, Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

2008-S: Peter H. Raven, President, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri

2008-F: Steven W. Squyres, Scientific Principal Investigator, Mars Exploration Rovers; and Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

2009-S: Dan Rather, Award-winning Journalist and News Anchor, New York City, New York

2009-F: Robert Tjian, President, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, Maryland, and Professor, University of California, Berkley, California

2010-S: Daniel G. Nocera, The Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy and Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

2010-F: Elinor Ostrom, Co-recipient 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, Distinguished Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

2011-S: Roger W. Ferguson Jr., President and CEO, TIAA-CREF, New York, New York

2011-F: Emilio F. Moran, Professor of Environmental Sciences, and Director, Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

2012-S: Subra Suresh, Director, National Science Foundation

2012-F: The Honorable Thomas James Vilsack, Secretary, United States Department of Agriculture

2013-S: Richard Ford, PEN/Faulkner Award and Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Independence Day, and Mellon Professor, Columbia University, New York, New York, and English, B.A. 1966, Michigan State University

2013-F: Mary Sue Coleman, President, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

2014-S: Norman R. Augustine, Retired Chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Bethesda, Maryland

2014-F: Teresa A.Sullivan, President, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

2015-S: Andrew N. Liveris, President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, Michigan

2015-F: Patricia Mucci LoRusso, D.O., Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of Innovative Medicine, Yale Cancer Center, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut. MSU alumna.

2016-S: Ellen D. Williams, Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy (ARPA-E), US Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.

2016-F: Michael T. Longaker, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S., Deane P. and Louise Mitchell Professor, School of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California. MSU alumnus. Member of the 1979 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship Team.

2017-S: Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation, New York, New York

2017-F: Michael VanRooyen, Chairman, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Professor, Harvard Medical School, Director, The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Boston, Massachusetts, MSU alumnus

2018-S: Marcia McNutt, President, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

2018-F: Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.

2019-S: Gretchen Whitmer, Governor, State of Michigan, Lansing, Michigan, MSU alumna

2019-F: Tawana Kupe, Vice Chancellor and Principal, University of Pretoria, South Africa


2020-F: Marta Tienda, Professor, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, MSU alumna 2021-S: Ray Scott, President & CEO, Lear Corporation, Southfield, Michigan, MSU alumnus, and Iwan Syahril, Director General of Teachers and Educational Personal, Ministry of Education and

Culture, The Republic of Indonesia, MSU alumnus

2021-F: September – Robert Grubbs, Professor, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

December – Gary Peters, United States Senator, United States Senate, Oakland County, Michigan, MSU alumnus and Celeste Clark, Principal, Abraham Clark Consulting, LLC, Longwood, Florida, MSU alumna

2022-S: Ronald Goldsberry, Consultant, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and Linda Hubbard, President & CEO, Carhartt, Inc., Dearborn, Michigan, MSU alumna

2022-FWilliam Clark, Professor, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

2023-SJill Hruby, Under Secretary, Energy Nuclear Security of the United States, Washington, D.C. and Anthony Fauci, Former Director National Institutes of Health

2023-FJohn Hildebrand, Regents Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

2024-SApril Clobes, President and CEO, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, East Lansing, Michigan, MSU alumna and Bolaji Balogun, CEO, Chapel Hill Denham, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria