Honorary Degrees

Virginia Wesleyan's honorary degree recipients

Virginia Wesleyan awarded its first honorary degrees on May 18, 2002 at the 33rd Commencement Ceremony. The College awards the following types of honorary degrees:

Doctor of Arts (honoris causa)

First awarded in 1968, this degree is awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves in the arts.

Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa)

First awarded in 1786, this degree is awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves in endeavors related to religion.

Doctor of Laws (honoris causa)

First awarded in 1773, this degree is awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves in general service to state, to learning and to mankind.

Doctor of Science (honoris causa)

First awarded in 1884, this degree is awarded to individuals who have made distinguished contributions and performed services in the sciences.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa)

First awarded in the 1880s, this degree is awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves in the humanities.

Past honorary degree recipients at Virginia Wesleyan College:

  • Carrie Hessler-Radelet, H'16 (Doctor of Humane Letters)
  • George Y. Birdsong, H'16 (Doctor of Laws)
  • Terrence Jones, H'13 (Doctor of Arts)
  • Maurice A. Jones, H'12 (Doctor of Laws)
  • David L. Warren, Ph.D. H'11 (Doctor of Laws)
  • Edward E. Brickell, H'10 (Doctor of Laws)
  • James R. Bergdoll, H'10 (Doctor of Laws)
  • Joan Perry Brock, H'10 (Doctor of Laws)
  • Cathy Lewis, H'09 (Doctor of Humane Letters)
  • Robert Friend Boyd, H'09 (Doctor of Laws)
  • The Rev. Dr. Kenneth C. Horne, Jr., H'09 (Doctor of Divinity)
  • Irwin Belk, H'08 (Doctor of Laws)
  • JoAnn Falletta, H'08 (Doctor of Arts)
  • Richard D. Roberts, H'08 (Doctor of Laws)
  • Stephen L. Johnson, H'08 (Doctor of Science)
  • D. Henry Watts, Ph.D., H'07 (Doctor of Laws)
  • R. James Woolsey, H'07(Doctor of Laws)
  • Jane P. Batten, H'06 (Doctor of Laws)
  • Gerald L. Baliles, Ph.D., H'06 (Doctor of Laws)
  • Charles A. Kimball, Ph.D., H'05 (Doctor of Humane Letters)
  • Millard Fuller, H'04 (Doctor of Laws)
  • William M. Wilson, Ph.D., H'03 (Doctor of Humane Letters)
  • John W. Warner, H'03 (Doctor of Laws)
  • Robert C. Nusbaum, H'03 (Doctor of Laws)
  • Helen C. Hoffman, H'03 (Doctor of Humane Letters)
  • Jerry G. Bray, Jr. H'02 (Doctor of Laws)
  • Kenneth R. Perry, H'02 (Doctor of Laws)
  • Aubrey E. "Gene" Loving, Jr., H'02 (Doctor of Humane Letters)
  • Henry Clay Hofheimer II, H'02 (Doctor of Laws)
  • Cam L. Garner '72, H'02 (Doctor of Science)
  • Lambuth M. Clarke, H'02 (Doctor of Humane Letters)
  • Frank Batten, H'02 (Doctor of Humane Letters)

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