Rep. John Lewis, who in the 1960s took part in the Freedom Rides challenging bus terminal segregation and helped plan the March on Washington, gave the 155th Commencement Address at Washington University. Lewis received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the university on May 20, 2016. Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting […]
Film Director and Producer, Ken Burns was selected to give the 154th Commencement address at Washington University in St. Louis in 2015 Filmmaker, Historian Ken Burns has been making films for more than 35 years. Since his Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Mr. Burns has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed […]
Former prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Electee to the Baseball Hall of Fame and considered one of the best managers in baseball history
Honorary degree: doctor of humanities
Nobel laureate, a Holocaust survivor and human rights activist.
Honorary degree: doctor of humane letters
Alumnus Mike Peters, the 1981 Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial cartooning and creator of the award-winning cartoon strip Mother Goose & Grimm, delivered the Commencement address and received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in 2012.
Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
Honorary degree: doctor of laws
Steven Chu, a Nobel laureate, U.S. Secretary of Energy and a strong advocate for alternative energy sources, delivered the Commencement address and received an honorary doctor of science degree in 2010.
Wendy Kopp, chief executive officer and founder of Teach For America, delivered the Commencement address and received an honorary doctor of humanities degree in 2009.
Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show” and a regular commentator on NBC’s “Today” show, delivered the Commencement address and received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in 2008.