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Honorary Degrees

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An honorary degree from Clarkson University recognizes individuals who have made outstanding achievements and contributions to an academic discipline or to society. Recipients of honorary degrees reflect the University's high ideals and values, and exemplify the concepts of excellence, service, and integrity. These degrees recognize distinguished scholarship and accomplishments in the professions, sciences, arts, humanities, public service, and service to humanity.

All members of the Clarkson community are encouraged to submit nominations for honorary degree recipients. Up to five highly qualified candidates may be selected as honorary degree recipients for each commencement day using the procedures outlined in our Honorary Degree Policy.

2014 Honorary Degree recipients

Avery Bang  

Avery Bang is the chief executive officer of Bridges to Prosperity. Her honorary doctor of science degree was awarded for "her commitment to engineering that benefits humanity, for her dedication to teaching sustainable engineering practices, for her work connecting communities to expanding opportunities, and for her leadership that inspires engineers and people in the developing world to join forces and build a better future."

Steven Chu  

Steven Chu is the former U.S. Secretary of Energy, a Nobel Laureate and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University. His honorary doctor of science degree was awarded for "his dedication to science and championing scientific inquiry; for his service to the betterment of this nation; for pioneering innovation in the search for sustainable forms of energy; for his commitment to collaboration and his leadership in exploring new solutions to the challenge of our changing climate; for his continuing work educating future generations and for inspiring the leaders of tomorrow to serve humanity and the ecology on which we depend."