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Honorary Degrees

An Honorary Degree at Siena College is the highest honor the College can bestow on an individual. Honorary Degree Recipients are approved by the Board of Trustees in consultation with the College's president.

Past Recipients

2013
Doctor of Laws
Honorable Mae A. D'Agostino '77
Doctor of Humane Letters
Walter T. Kicinski '62 John J. Nigro
2012
Doctor of Humane Letters
Derek S. Jeter Joseph M. Pastore, Jr., Ph.D.
Virginia Kraft Payson  
2011
Doctor of Humane Letters
Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. Ralph F. Perez
Diane Ravitch, Ph.D.  
2010
Doctor of Humane Letters
2009
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Humane Letters
2008
Doctor of Humane Letters
2007
Doctor of Humane Letters
Doctor of Sacred Theology
Doctor of Commercial Science
2006
Doctor of Humane Letters
 
2005
Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Humane Letters
2004
Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Science
 
2003
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Sacred Theology
Doctor of Musical Arts
2002
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Humane Letters
2001
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Humane Letters
2000
Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Humane Letters
Doctor of Sacred Theology
1999
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Sacred Theology
Most Reverend Giacomo Bini
Doctor of Humane Letters
 
1998
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Humane Letters
Governor George E. Pataki
Beverly A. Carroll
Doctor of Sacred Theology
Doctor of Civil Laws
Sister Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J.
General John W. Pauly
1997
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Letters
Louis Dupre
Mary d’Ablemont
Mary Gordon
Robert J. Danzig, Litt.D. ‘62
Doctor of Humane Letters
Irena A. Dyrcz-Freeman
Theodore Forstmann
1996
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Humane Letters
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Sister Janet Carroll
 
Frederick G. Field, Jr.
1995
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1994
Doctor of Humane Letters
Harolyn Blackwell
1993
Doctor of Laws
Honorable Michael R. McNulty
U.S. House of Representatives
1992
Doctor of Laws
Honorable Judith S. Kaye
Associate Judge
New York State Court of Appeals
1991
Doctor of Humane Letters
Sister Ellen Lawlor, R.S.M.
Community Leader
Hugh N. Maclean, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor
Doctor of Sacred Theology
Doctor of Fine Arts
Reverend John Vaughn, O.F.M.
Minister General of the Franciscan Order
Pat Carroll
Actress
1990
Doctor of Humane Letters
Betty B. Crummey
Community Leader
Robert Macauley
Director
AmeriCares
Dr. G. Dennis O’Brien
President
University of Rochester
 
1989
Doctor of Humane Letters
Doctor of Sacred Theology
Simone Estes
Bass-Baritone
International Opera Singer
Most Reverend Harry J. Flynn ‘56
Bishop of Lafayette
Fr. Hugh F. Hines, O.F.M.
President
Siena College
 
1988
Doctor of Humane Letters
Doctor of Education
Raymond C. Kennedy
Trustee Emeritus &
Chairman, Kendall Holdings, Inc.
Sister Brigid Driscoll, R.S.H.M.
President
Marymount College
1987
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Humane Letters
Peter M. Pryor, Esq. ‘52
Charles & Thelma Buchman
Founders of Siena College Jewish/Christian Institute
Doctor of Sacred Theology
Sister Nancy Chiarello, O.S.F.
Founder of The Dwelling Place
Most Reverend Matthew H. Clark
Bishop of Rochester
Doctor of Fine Arts
Reverend Stephen Hardegen
Nikos Psacharopoulos
Founder and Director
Williamstown Playhouse
1986
Doctor of Humane Letters
Doctor of Fine Arts
Honorable Alphones M. D’Amato
United States Senator
Norman S. Rice
Director, Albany Institute of History and Art
Peter F. McCarthy
President of McCarthy Foundation and Civic Leader
 
1985
Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Humane Letters
Harry R. Horvitz
President and Publisher
Horvitz Newspapers, Inc.
Kathryn L. Foy
Attorney at Law
DeGraff, Foy, Conway, Holt-Harris & Mealey
 
Reverend Richard McCormick, S.J.
Professor of Christian Ethics
Georgetown University
1984
Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Humane Letters
Dr. Louis L. Martz
Sterling Professor of English at Yale University
Matilda R. Cuomo
First Lady of the State of New York
Doctor of Sacred Theology
Doctor of Literature
Bishop Graham D. Leonard
William J. Kennedy, Jr. ‘49
Distinguished Author
1983
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Humane Letters
Honorable C. George Deukmejian ‘49
Governor of the State of California
Dr. Mary Beth Norton
American History Scholar at Cornell University
Doctor of Fine Arts
Maureen O’Sullivan
Stage and Film Actress
1982
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Humane Letters
Lillemor T. Robb
Chairwoman of Student Affairs Committee of the Siena College Board of Trustees, and Distinguished Civic Leader
Bobby Orr
Distinguished Athlete
1981
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Humane Letters
Matthew T. Conlin, O.F.M.
Bernard F. Picotte
Founder and Chairman of the Boards,
Picotte Companies, and
Distinguished Civic Leader
Doctor of Sacred Theology
Doctor of Science
Paulo Evaristo, Cardinal Arns, O.F.M.
Roman Catholic Archbishop
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Joseph A. Reagan, Jr. ‘50
President
Reagan/Compar Inc., and
Distinguished Alumnus and Civic Leader
Doctor of Arts
Doctor of Fine Arts
Margaret Brainard Hamilton
Internationally known Stage, Screen and Television Actress
Arlo Guthrie
1980
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Letters
Honorable Charles D. Breitel
Retired Chief Judge
New York State Court of Appeals
Oliver A. Laakso
Chairman of the Board
Kamyr, Inc. (retired)
and Civic Leader
Doctor of Humane Letters
Jeanne Jugan
Foundress
Little Sisters of the Poor
1979
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Humane Letters
Honorable James T. Foley
Chief Judge
U.S. District Court
Northern District of New York
Helen Hayes MacArthur
First Lady of the Theater and Humanitarian
Doctor of Sacred Theology
Benedict M. Taylor, O.F.M.
Franciscan Friar and Founder of Project Create
1978
Doctor of Humane Letters
Doctor of Science
Sister Maureen Joyce, R.S.M.
Director, Community Maternity Services
Diocese of Albany
Everett C. Reed
Chairman of the Board, Albany International
Menands, New York
Gene Sarazen
Professional Golfer
San Marco, Florida
 
1977
Doctor of Humane Letters
Honorable Hugh L. Carey
Governor
New York State
Erastus Corning, II
Mayor
City of Albany
Doctor of Divinity
Doctor of Sacred Theology
Most Reverend Howard J. Hubbard
Bishop of Albany
Father Benjamin Kuhn
1976
Doctor of Humane Letters
William J. Boland, M.D. ‘50
Pediatrician
Sister Serena Branson, D.C.
Executive Director
Diocesan Office for Health and Social Services
Colin W. Getz
Vice President – Upstate
New York Telephone Company
Alfonso J. Marcelle
President
Callanan Industries
1975
Doctor of Humane Letters
Honorable Domenick L. Gabrielli
Associate Justice
New York State Court of Appeals
Vincent J. Schaefer, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Maureen Stapleton
Actress
Former Siena Student
 
1974
Doctor of Humane Letters
Right Reverend Allen Brown
Dr. Ewert H. Cousins
Melissa Hayden
Former Principal
New York City Ballet
Rabbi Herman Kieval
Honorable William K. Sanford
Supervisor, Town of Colonie
William H. St. Thomas
President, St. Thomas, Inc.
Gloversville, New York
Katharine McCloskey Wilson
First Lady of the Empire State
 
1973
Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Humane Letters
Ernest L. Boyer
Chancellor
The State University of New York
Albany, New York
Cornelius W. Owens
Executive Vice President
American Telephone and Telegraph Company
New York, New York
Sister Bernetta Quinn, O.S.F.
Biographer and Literary Critic
Allen University
Columbia, South Carolina
William L. Pfeiffer
Chairman of the Board
Albany Savings Bank
Albany, New York
1972
Doctor of Humane Letters
Doctor of Fine Arts
Honorable Perry B. Duryea, Jr.
Speaker, New York State Assembly
Montauk, New York
Madame Licia Albanese
Soprano, Metropolitan Opera Company
New York, New York
Harry D. Yates
President, Dutch Village
Menands, New York
 
1971
Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Fine Arts
Theodore M. Black
Regent of the University of the State of New York
Sands Point, New York
Edward Villella
A principal with the New York City Ballet
New York, New York
Granville Hicks
Novelist, Essayist and Critic
Grafton, New York
 
1970
Doctor of Law
Doctor of Humane Letters
George E. O’Connor, Sr.
President, Mohawk Fine Paper Mills, Inc.
Cohoes, New York
Honorable Earl W. Brydges
Senate Majority Leader, New York State Senate
Albany, New York
 
Peter D. Kiernan
President, Rose & Kiernan
Albany, New York
 
Mother M. Angeline Teresa, O.Carm.
Superioress General, Carmelite Sisters
Avila-on-the-Hudson, New York
1969
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Letters
George W. Foy
Attorney
Albany, New York
Most Reverend Edwin B. Broderick, D.D.
Bishop of Albany
William A. Toomey, Jr. ‘53
Attorney
Albany, New York
 
1968
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Letters
Francis W. McGinley
Regent
State of New York
Harold C. Martin
President
Union College and University
Doctor of Humane Letters
Hollis E. Harrington
President
State Bank of Albany
Eustace Smith, O.F.M., D.D.
Apostolic Vicar
Beirut, Lebanon
1967
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Humane Letters
Honorable Dominick V. Cerrito
Justice, Supreme Court
State of New York
William H. Mulligan
Dean, School of Law
Fordham University
Honorable Arthur Levitt
Comptroller
State of New York
 
1966
Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Humane Letters
John J. Meng
President, Hunter College
City University of New York
Louis J. DeRusso, M.D.
Physician
Albany, New York
 
Clifton C. Flather
Administrative Director
Dormitory Authority of the State of New York
Elsmere, New York
1965
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Humane Letters
Joseph J. Casey
Attorney
Albany, New York
Ernest F. Barvoets
President, Williams Press,Inc.
Menands, New York
William R. Consedine
Director, Legal Department
National Catholic Welfare Conference
Washington D.C.
Rudolph R. DelGiacco, M.D.
Director of Education
St. Peter’s Hospital
Albany, New York
1964
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Humane Letters
Lawrence H. Cooke
Monticello, New York
Eugene P. Devine
Albany, New Yokr
 
Right Reverend Monsignor Joseph T. Ryan
New York, New York
1963
Doctor of Humane Letters
Honorable Joseph P. Molinari, Jr.
Oneonta, New York
Francis J. O’Brien
Albany, New York
1962
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Humane Letters
John W. Park
Albany, New York
Charles C. MacClosky ‘40
Los Angeles, California
James J. Reynolds
Washington, D.C.
John J. Warren
Albany, New York
1961
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Humane Letters
Honorable Walter J. Mahoney
Majority Leader, New York State Senate
Buffalo, New York
Edward J. O’Neill
Lt. Gen., U.S.A., Commanding First Army
Governors Island, New York
Honorable Leo W. O’Brien
U.S. House of Representatives
Albany, New York
Eugene S. Robb
Publisher, Times-Union and Knickerbocker News
Albany, New York
1960
Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Humane Letters
Arthur P. Irving
President & Treasurer
The Glens Falls Post Company
Glens Falls, New York
Frank W. McCabe
President
The National Commercial Bank and Trust Company
Albany, New York
Frank L. York
President & Publisher
The Record Newspapers
Troy, New York
Honorable Keith S. McHugh
Commissioner of Commerce
State of New York
Albany, New York
1959
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Humane Letters
Edward S. Rooney
President, First Trust Company
Albany, New York
Pierre Rizzi Bretey
Partner, Hayden Stone and Company
New York, New York
Honorable Malcolm Wilson
Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York
Albany, New York
Sister Catherine Francis Soulier, C.S.J.
President, The College of St. Rose
Albany, New York
1958
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Humane Letters
James E. Cushing
Schenectady, New York
William S. Ginn
Schenectady, New York
John J. Mackrell
Troy, New York
Charles A. Simmons, Sr.
Albany, New York
1957
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Humane Letters
John English, Sr.
Schenectady, New York
Reverend Dominic J. Ottaviano
Gloversville, New York
Vincent J. Malone, Esq.
New York, New York
Frank M. Sulzman, M.D.
Troy, New York
1956
Doctor of Laws
Honorable Daniel Gutman, LL.B.
Counsel to the Governor of the State of New York
Albany, New York
Honorable Charles J. Tobin, Jr., LL.B.
Secretary to the New York State Catholic Welfare Committee
Albany, New York
1955
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Letters
Right Reverend Monsignor Edward J. Maginn
Vicar General of the Diocese of Albany, Pastor of the Church of St. Vincent DePaul and Principal of Vincentian Institute
Albany, New York
Very Reverend Victor G. Bucher, O.F.M.
Visitor General of the Order of Friars Minor Holy Name Province, Pastor of Saint Mary’s Parish and Superintendent of Saint Mary’s High and Elementary Schools
Phoenix, Arizona
Doctor of Humane Letters
John L. Madden, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery in the New York Medical College, Director, Department of Surgery, St. Clare’s Hospital
New York, New York
1954
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Letters
 Mark F. Hughes, A.B., LL.B, K.M.
Attorney at Law
New York, New York
Reverend Thomas G. Mulqeen, A.B., S.T.D.
Principal of Catholic Central High School
Troy, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
Reverend Brother Alexius Victor, F.S.C., Ph.D.
Provincial of the New York-New England Province of the Institute of the Brother of the Christian Schools
New York, New York
Laura Moriarty Whitfield, A.B., A.M.
Member of the New York State Board of Social Welfare
Albany, New York
1953
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Letters
Honorable Edward N. Scheiberling
Member of the Board of Trustees of the
State University of New York
Honorably Alexander J. Allan, Jr.
Regent of the University of the State of New York
1952
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Letters
Reverend Brother Jerome Roese, O.S.F.
Dean
St. Francis College
Brooklyn, New York
Reverend Mansueto Kohnen, O.F.M.
Professor of Germanic Literature
Pontifical Catholic University
Rio de Janeiro
Arthur J. Wallingford, M.D.
Professor & Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Albany Medical College
Reverend Bernard Voght, O.F.M., Ph.D.
Prefect of Studies
Holy Name Province
Doctor of Humane Letters
Reverend John L. Rowan, O.F.M.
Rector
Christ the King Seminary
St. Bonaventure University
1951
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Letters
Reverend Adrian McGonnell, O.F.M.
Professor of the Sciences,
and past Prefect
St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary
Very Reverend Cassian Kirk, O.F.M.
Rector
St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary
Honorable J. Howard McGrath
Member of the Presidential Cabinet
Attorney General
Honorable Lewis A. Wilson
Commissioner of Education of the State of New York and President of the University of the State of New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
Reverend Alvin Hughes, O.F.M.
Professor of Mathematics
St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary
Honorable Daniel B. Lynch
Consultant Physician
Siena College
1950
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Letters
Reverend Callistus Smith, O.F.M.
Professor of Canon Law, Christ the King Seminary
St. Bonaventure, New York
Member of the Board of Trustees
Reverend Valentine Long, O.F.M.
Professor of English
Siena College
Member of the Board of Trustees
Doctor of Humane Letters
Horace Field
Honorable Patrick F. Scanlon, K.S.G.
Managing Editor
The Tablet
Brooklyn, New York
1949
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Letters
Honorable Francis Bergan ‘46
Justice of the Supreme Court of the
State of New York, Appellate Division
Very Reverend Bertrand J. Campbell, O.F.M.
Minister Provincial, Province of the Most Holy Name, Order of Friars Minor
1948
Doctor of Laws
Very Reverend Mathias Faust, O.F.M.
Procurator General of the Order of Friars Minor
Rome, Italy
Honorable John T. Loughran
Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of
the State of New York
1947
Doctor of Laws
Major General Thomas F. Farrell
Chief Engineer
Department of Public Works of the State of New York