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Honorary Degrees

HONORING THE CLASS OF 2021

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. Nominees may be eminent scholars, scientists, artists, writers, educators, or other individuals who have advanced their field of endeavor in significant ways. They may also be professionals or other individuals who have made particularly distinguished contributions to society in areas such as public service, business, humanitarian work, the law, government, or the creative arts.

By awarding honorary degrees, the University associates itself and its values with individuals remarkable for their achievements and seeks to inspire students and others to recognize, respect, and emulate such persons and such accomplishments. The Honorary Degree Committee receives nominations and recommends recipients for honorary degrees. The dean of the Rackham Graduate School chairs the committee; faculty members representing the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses, students, and alumni are appointed by the Board of Regents on the recommendation of the president. The president and several executive officers serve ex-officio.

The committee typically meets once in the fall and once in the spring to consider nominations and forward recommendations to the president and the Board of Regents.

Robert Cailliau

Doctor of Science

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Janet Guthrie

Doctor of Laws

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Bryan Stevenson

Doctor of Humane Letters

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James Toy

Doctor of Humane Letters

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Twyla Tharp

Doctor of Fine Arts

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