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Honorary Degree Recipients

The honorary degree is one of higher education's most significant accolades. MUSC awards honorary degrees to distinguished individuals who merit special recognition and who have made contributions to the nation, to science and/or to the State of South Carolina or to MUSC.


NOTE: From 1833 through 1838, during the medical school split, both medical schools (the Medical College of South Carolina and the Medical College of the State of South Carolina) had commencements. The split ended in early 1839 with the name of school becoming the Medical College of the State of South Carolina.


Honorary Degree Recipients
Year Name Degree
1825 James Davis
Matthew Irvine
Milton Anthony
Stephen Elliot
Doctor of Medicine
1831 Dr. Ramsay Doctor of Medicine
1835 Moses Holbrook Doctor of Medicine
* degree awarded from MCSC
1836 C. Starr
Brewster
W. K. Cuckon
Doctor of Medicine
* degrees awarded from MCSSC
1838 Usher Parsons Doctor of Medicine
* degree awarded from MCSC
1849 Murdoch M'Lean
Benjamin Silliman, Jr.
Doctor of Medicine
1859 John Douglass Doctor of Medicine
1901 Edward S. Burnham Doctor of Pharmacy
1926 James Adams Hayne, M.D. Doctor of Public Health
1929 William Weston, M.A. Doctor of Public Health
June 1948 Joseph Bell Hyde Doctor of Pharmacy
June 1949 William Lowry Pressly, M.D., LL.D. Doctor of Public Health
June 1951 Samuel Conner Hodges, A.B. Doctor of Pharmacy
June 1952 Benjamin Francis Wyman, LL.B., M.D. Doctor of Public Health
June 1955 Harry Stoll Mustard, M.D., LL.D. Doctor of Public Health
June 1964 Edgar Allan Brown, LL.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
June 1973 Rembert C. Dennis, LL.B, LL.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
December 1974 Melvin Henry Knisely, Ph.D., M.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
June 1975 Mitchell Irving Rubin, M.D.
Harry Prystowsky, B.S., M.D.
Webb Edward Haymaker, M.D.
Doctor of Humane Letters
June 1976 Forrest David Matthews, Ph.D., LL.D.
Rozella May Schlotfeldt, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Henry Savage, Jr., B.S., LL.B.
Randolph Lee Clark, M.D., D.Sc.
Doctor of Humane Letters
June 1977 Richard Emery Palmer, M.D.
William Henry Muller, Jr., M.D., Sc.D.
Vince Moseley, M.D.
Harry William Bruce, Jr., D.D.S., L.H.D.
Doctor of Humane Letters
June 1978 Leon Isadore Goldberg, Ph.D., M.D.
Maria Murphy, OLM, R.N.
Edmund Daniel Pellegrino, M.D.
Doctor of Humane Letters
June 1978 Charles Hard Townes, Ph.D. Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
June 1979 Stiles Mikell Harper
E. A. Vastyan, B.A., B.D.
Doctor of Humane Letters
June 1979 Paul Grant Rogers, J.D.
Victor Almon McKusick, M.D.
Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
June 1980 Elizabeth Caroline Crosby, Ph.D.
John Arthur Siegling, M.D.
Doctor of Humane Letters
June 1980 Philip Handler, Ph.D. Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
May 1981 Ivan L. Bennett, Jr., M.D.
Strom Thurmond, LL.D., L.H.D.
Ivan L. Bennett, Jr., M.D.
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1981 Rosalyn Sussman Yallow, Ph.D. Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
February 1982 Itzhak Perlman
Albert B. Sabin, M.D.
Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
February 1982 Thomas Antley Pitts, M.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1982 Ernest Frederick Hollings, LL.B.
Hugh Comer Lane, A.B.
Keith Roberts Porter, Ph.D.
Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
May 1982 Earle Elias Morris, Jr., B.S. Doctor of Medicine honoris causa
May 1983 Solomon Blatt, LL.B.
Mark Wayne Clark, B. S.
Philip Charles Habib, Ph.D.
D. C. (Ceth) Mason (posthumously)
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1983 Edward Teller, Ph.D. Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
October 1983 George Herbert Walker Bush, B.A. Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1984 Edward Newman Brandt, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Clare Boothe Luce
James Cuthbert Self, B.S.
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1984 Frank Macfarlane Burnet, M.D., O.M. Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
November 1984 Archbishop Iakovos, M.A., S.T.M. Doctor of Humane Letters
April 1985 Griffin Boyette Bell, LL.B., LL.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1985 David Ross Clare, B.S.M.E
Rosslee Green Douglas, B.S.N.
James Madison Waddell, Jr., B.S.
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1985 Donald Sharp Frederickson, M.D. Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
May 1986 Otis Ray Bowen, A.B., M.D.
Otis Ray Bowen, A.B., M.D.
M. Maceo Nance, Jr., A.B., M.S.
William Edwards Murray, LL.B., LL.M.
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1987 Paul E. Pihl, M.S.
Dennis W. Conner
Hugh M. Chapman, B.S.
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1987 William Mellen McCord, Ph.D., M.D.
Nathan E. Miles, M.D.
James Dewey Watson, Ph.D.
Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
May 1988 Ruth Chamberlin, M.A. (posthumously)
Butler C. Derrick, Jr., LL.B.
W. W. Johnson, B.S.
Henry Ponder, M.S., Ph.D.
John M. Pratt, M.D.
Caspar Weinberger, LL.D.
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1988 George Herbert Hitchings, Ph.D. Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
April 1989 Nicholas Harold Lloyd Ridley, M.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1989 Maude Callen
Cynthia Gilliam, B.S.
William J. Gilliam, M.B.A.
Patrick B. Harris, LL.B.
Mark O. Hatfield, M.A.
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1989 James B. Wyngaarden, M.D. Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
May 1990 Margot Strauss Freudenberg, R.P.T.
Harold Loe, D.D.S., Dr. Odont.
Brent Scowcroft, B.S., M.I.A., Ph.D.
J. Verne Smith
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1991 Carroll A. Campbell, Jr., M.A.
Harold Rawling Pratt-Thomas, M.D., L.L.D.
Elsie Taber, B.S., Ph.D.
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1991 Louis W. Sullivan, M.D. Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
May 1992 Vernon Anthony Walters
Denis Parsons Burkitt, B.Ch., M.D. (in absentia)
Michael Doyle Jarrett, A.B., M.A.
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1993 Ferrol A. Sams, Jr., A.B., M.D.
James E. Clyburn, B.A.
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1993 John B. MacChesney, Ph.D.
Jacques Crozemarie, D.I.
Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
May 1994 Hanna Holborn Gray, Ph.D.Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1994 Wilmer Leigh Thompson, Jr., Ph.D., M.D.
Harrison L. Peeples, B.S., M.D.
Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
May 1995 Isabelle Autissier
William D. Boan, B.A
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1995 Purnell W. Choppin, M.D.
Clyde W. Frank, B.S.Ed., Ph.D.
Charles A. McCallum, D.M.D., M.D.
Isaac S.H. Metcalf, M.A., Ph.D.
Doctor of Science honoris causa
May 1996 Mary Wood Beasley, B.A.
Charles F. Bolden Jr., M.S.
Ann D. Edwards, Graduate Professional Nurse
Nathaniel W. Rosenfeld, LL.D.
Margretta Styles, Ed.D., R.N.
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1996 Curtis G. Hames, M.D. Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
May 1997 John W. Drummond
Irene Trowell-Harris, B.A., Ph.D.
David H. Wilkins, B.A., J.D.
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1997 Robert F. Furchgott, B.S., Ph.D.
Ralph F. Hirschmann, A.B., Ph.D.
Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
February 1998 Archbishop Spyridon Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1998 David M. Beasley, J.D.
Clara Adams-Ender, M.S.M.
John. McKee Spratt, Jr., A.B., LL.B.
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1998 Samuel S. Spicer, M.D. Doctor of Science honoris causa
May 1999 William H. Cosby, B.A., M.Ed., Ed.D.
Marion P. Carnell
Jin-emon Kinishi
McKinley Washington, Jr., M.Div.
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1999 James B. Edwards, B.S., D.M.D.
Fredrick W. Kinard, Ph.D., M.D.
Elijah Saunders, M.D.
Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
May 2000 Ernest L. Passailaigue, Jr., B.S., M.B.A. Doctor of Humane Letters
May 2000 Randolph B. Smoak, Jr., B.S., M.D.
Robert B. Shira, D.D.S.
Lloyd H. Smith, Jr., B.A., M.D.
Doctor of Science honoris causa
May 2001 Nettie DuRant Dickerson, B.S.
Robert W. Harrell, Jr., B.S.
William B. Hewitt, B.S., M.S.
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 2001 Charles P. Darby, Jr., B.S., M.D. Doctor of Science honoris causa
May 2002 Henry E. Brown, Jr.
Stanley H. Feldberg, A.B.
Theodora L. Feldberg, B.A.
Reuben M. Greenberg, B.A., M.C.P.
Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr., B.S.
Edwin S. Pearlstine, Jr.
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 2002 Freeman A. Hrabowski III, B.S., Ph.D. Doctor of Science honoris causa
May 2003 Charles W. Coker, B.A., M.B.A.
John (Buck) R. Fulp, Jr.
Thomas G. Keegan, B.S.
Robert V. Royall, A.B.
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 2003 Philip Needleman, B.Sc., Ph.D.
Mary Starke Harper, Ph.D., R.N.,
Doctor of Science honoris causa
May 2004 Jimmy S. Gallant III, B.S., Th.M.
J. Yancey McGill
Joseph P. Riley, Jr., J.D.
W. Douglas Smith, B.A., J.D.
Theodore S. Stern, B.A., M.A.
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 2004 Robert J. Lefkowitz, B.A., M.D.
Vincent T. Peng, B.S., M.D.
Doctor of Science honoris causa
May 2005 Paul W. Garfinkel, J.D.
Patricia A. Grady, Ph.D., R.N.
Glenn F. McConnell, J.D.
Julius F. Scott
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 2005 William H. Frist, M.D.
Robert "Casey" Fitts, M.D.
Eugene A. Stead, Jr., M.D. (in absentia)
Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
May 2005 Wade T. Batson, Jr., Ph.D. Doctor of Science honoris causa
May 2006 Lindsey O. Graham, B.S., J.D.
Daniel T. Cooper, B.S.
Louis DeWolff
Charles E. Volpe, B.S.
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 2006 Robert M. Sinskey, M.D.

Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
May 19, 2006 Sam Thomas Lee Doctor of Humane Letters
August 21, 2006 Ida Singletary Taylor Doctor of Humane Letters
August 21, 2006 Oliver Windell Addison Doctor of Humane Letters
May 2007 Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H.
Jordan J. Cohen, M.D.
Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
May 2007 Albert J. Baciocco, Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)
Jerry Zucker, B.A., M.S.
Doctor of Science honoris causa
May 2007 Gilda Cobb-Hunter
Harry B. "Chip" Limehouse III
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 2008 Yoshito Kaziro, M.D., Ph.D.
Kenneth W. Kizer, M.D., M.P.H.
Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
May 2008William A. Baker, Jr., B.S., M.B.A.
The Honorable William H. O'Dell, B.A.
The Honorable Harvey S. Peeler, Jr., B.S.
Samuel Nkrumah Yeboah
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 15, 2009Stephen T. Colbert, B.A.
Eugene W. Cochrane, Jr., B.A., M.A.
The Honorable Tracy R. Edge, B.A., M.S.
Marion E. Woodbury, B.S., M.S.
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 15, 2009 William H. Best, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
May 21, 2010Beverly D. Seinsheimer, B.S.
Walter G. Seinsheimer, Jr., B.A.
Anita G. Zucker, B.A., M.Ed.
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 21, 2010 Major General Clifford L. Stanley (USMC, Ret.), B.S., M.S., Ed.D.
Kay K. Chitty, B.S.N., M.N., Ed.D.
Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
May 20, 2011 William C. Jenkins, Ph.D. Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
May 20, 2011 Darius Rucker
Robert J. Sywolski, M.B.A.
Doctor of Humane Letters
May 18, 2012 Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D. Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
May 18, 2012 John C. Land III, J.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
May 18, 2012 William E. Evans, Pharm.D.
Loretta C. Ford, Ed.D.
Doctor of Science honoris causa
May 17, 2013 Bruce Pratt, D.V.M.
Donna Christensen, M.D.
Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa
May 17, 2013 Kelley Smith O'Quinn
Paul G. Campbell, M.B.A.
Thomas C. Alexander, B.S.
Doctor of Humane Letters