Honorary Degree Recipients


In accordance with College regulation 2.0012R, Official Recognition of Members of Community and Guests of the College, the Honorary Degree Committee accepts nominations for honorary degree recipients, after which the Committee votes on proposed candidates. The public and the college community (employees, students, Trustees, and alumni) are notified and encouraged to nominate a candidate worthy of this honor.

To be eligible for consideration, a nominee will have achieved excellence in one or more of the following:

  • Professional Accomplishments
  • Community/Public Service
  • Personal Accomplishments
  • Inspirational Life Achievements (with which the candidate might inspire Brookdale students)

Honorary Degree Committee Members are Co-Chairs Tim Zeiss (Foundation & Alumni Affairs) and Eric Goll (Faculty); Dinneen Jackson, Administration; and Lauren Concar, Alumna.

The individuals selected to receive 2019 Honorary Degrees this year will be recognized at our May 16. 2019 Commencement ceremonies. Nominations are due January 31, 2019.

Questions? Contact Tim Zeiss, Foundation & Alumni Affairs at or Eric Goll, Chemistry, at

Past Honorary Degree Recipients

2005—2006 Dr. Margaret Parker
2006—2007 George Waple, Kevin Smith
2007—2008 Rev. Dr. Henry Davis, Tim McLoone
2008-2009 Denny Walling, Greg Mortenson
2009-2010 Gwendolyn Love, Barbara McMorrow
2012 Rev. Robert F. Kaeding
2013 Risa Clay
2014 Marshawn Love, Cindy Zipf
2015 David Prown and David Goldman
2016 Bernard Weinstein and Norma Hardy
2017 Carlos Rodriguez
2018 – Carol Stillwell, Bob & Joan Rechnitz, Marilyn Schlossbach