History of Honorary Degrees

On several occasions, the University of Mary has awarded honorary degrees to individuals who, through their service to the university and community, have exemplified U-Mary's Christian, Catholic and Benedictine mission and identity.

In this way, we honor such leaders and proudly embrace them within the University of Mary community:

Doctor of Leadership and Philanthropy, honoris causa

2018: Gary Tharaldson 
2017: William C. Marcil
2015: Ronald D. Offutt
2012: Al Wolf
2011: Martin White
2007: Governor Arthur A. Link, Grace Johnson Link
2005: A. Kirk Lanterman
2004: John D. Decker, Frank G. Larson
2003: Myron H. Atkinson, Jr.
2001: Ralph E. Tarnasky (posthumously), Michael J. Hofer
2000: William E. Clairmont, Matthew D. Butler
1999: Harold Schafer

Doctor of the University, honoris causa

2012: Sister Mary Elizabeth Mason (posthumously)
2010: Sister Thomas Welder
1999: David M. Heskett

Doctor of Leadership, honoris causa

2017: George F. Ehlis 
2016: Gerald W. VandeWalle
2014: Dr. Don J. Briel
2013: Congressman Kevin Cramer
2013: His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan
2012: Dewey Tietz (posthumously)
2010: Dr. Riffat Morgan, Dr. Margaret Morgan
2009: Sister Nancy Bauer OSB, Sister Joanne Graham, Abbot John Klassen OSB
2008: Bishop Robert D. Lynne, Bishop Paul A. Zipfel
2006: Douglas J. Burgum, John M. Michels
2005: Mary Louise Defender Wilson, Harold J. Miller
2003: Reverend William C. Sherman
2002: Thomas J. Clifford, Nancy Jones Schafer