Honorary Degrees

Monsignor giving an Honorary doctorate

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 Mary's Christian, Catholic, 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

2021 – Vern Dosch, Dr. Janice Bury

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