Honorary Doctorate

These individuals have demonstrated excellence in areas that benefit humanity, CSU campuses, the state, nation or world. They serve as examples to be recognized and honored. The degrees are given by the CSU Board of Trustees in the name of the California State University or in the name of the CSU and a campus, which is the typical designation.

For an honorary degree listing by campus, visit www.calstate.edu/honorarydegrees/campus.shtml

  • Peter Mehas, Doctor of Humane Letters, 2014 (posthumous)
  • T. Alan Hurwitz, Doctor of Humane Letters, 2013
  • A. Jerrold Perenchio, Doctor of Fine Arts, 2011
  • Kenny C. Guinn, Doctor of Humane Letters, 2010
  • Margaret Jensen, Doctor of Humane Letters, 2010
  • Rodger B. Jensen, Doctor of Humane Letters, 2010
  • Leslie Bassett, Doctor of Fine Arts, 2009
  • John L. Woolf, Doctor of Humane Letters, 2009
  • Pete Peters, Doctor of Humane Letters, 2008
  • Roy Christopher, Doctor of Fine Arts, 2007
  • Malinda Chouinard, Doctor of Humane Letters, 2007
  • James McClatchy, Doctor of Humane Letters, 2006
  • Sam F. Iacobellis, Doctor of Science, 2006
  • Richard A. Johanson, Doctor of Humane Letters, 2005
  • Ruth Marie Nickerson, Doctor of Humane Letters, 2005
  • Mary Carolyn Dobbs, Doctor of Humane Letters, 2004
  • Lajpat Rai Munger, Doctor of Humane Letters, 2003
  • Ernest D. Marquez, Doctor of Science, 2002
  • Larry A. Shehadey, Doctor of Humane Letters, 2002
  • William M. Lyles, Doctor of Humane Letters, 2001
  • Coralein Hallowell, Doctor of Humane Letters, 2000
  • James Hallowell, Doctor of Humane Letters, 2000
  • Paul H. O'Neill, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1999
  • Hugo Morales Rosas, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1999
  • Elmer Richter, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1998
  • Herbie Hancock, Doctor of Fine Arts, 1997
  • Leon S. Peters, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1997
  • Robert E. Duncan, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1996
  • Edward James Olmos, Doctor of Fine Arts, 1996
  • Earl S. Smittcamp, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1995
  • Lee Patrick Brown, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1994
  • Vincent E. Petrucci, Doctor of Science, 1994
  • Sidney Harvey Craig, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1993