Year​

Degree

Honoree

5/4/13​

​Doctor of Education,  honoris causa

(Spring Commencement -- speaker)

 

Doctor of Science and Technology

(Spring Commencement)

​Dr. Kerry Romesburg
President, Jacksonville University, 2004-2013

 

 

David Scott
Astronaut, U.S. Air Force Colonel (Ret.)
Commander of the Apollo 15 mission; seventh person to walk on the moon

12/15/12

Doctor of Business and Commerce, honoris causa 

(Winter Commencement --Speaker)

 

Doctor of Business and Commerce, honoris ca​usa

(Winter Commencement)

Ron A. Autrey

President & CEO, Miller Electric Company; Member , JU Board of Trustees  2004-2013; Chair of the Board, 2009-2013

 

 

B.J. (Billy) Walker
Vice Chairman, First Union Corporation (Retired); member JU Board of Trustees, 1980-2003; Chair of the Board, 1993-1996

5/5/12

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

(Spring Commencement --Speaker)

Alvin Brown

Mayor, City of Jacksonville, JU Graduate, and former Member, JU Board of Trustees

12/10/11

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

(Winter Commencement -- Speaker)

Carolyn Munro Wilson

President, George M. Cohen Foundation, JU Graduate, and Member, JU Board of Trustees

4/30/11

Doctor of Business Commerce, honoris causa

(Spring Commencement – Speaker)

 

Statement of Appreciation
(Spring Commencement – Posthumously)

Carla A. Harris

Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Investment Management

 

 

William Ashley (Ash) Verlander
Served on JU Board of Trustees from 1968-1996; Civic Leader

12/13/10

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

(Winter Commencement -- speaker ) 

 

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa
(Winter Commencement -- honoree)

Sherry Magill, Ph.D.

President, Jessie Ball duPont Fund

 

 

 

Jacob F. Bryan IV
The Bryan Group and former JU Trustee

5/1/10

Doctor of Theatre & Cinema, honoris causa  

(Spring Commencement)

 

Doctor of Business & Commerce, honoris causa

 (Spring Commencement)

Stephen Lang

Accomplished Stage and Screen Actor

 

 

William W. Gay
President & CEO of W. W. Gay Mechanical Contractor, Inc. and former JU Trustee

12/12/09

Doctor of Humane Letters

(Winter Commencement)

Preston H. Haskell

Founder and Chairman of the Haskell Company

5/2/09

Doctor of Business and Commerce

(Spring Commencement)

Dr. Robert Turknett

CEO, Turknett Leadership Group

12/13/08

Doctor of Humane Letters

(Winter Commencement)

Michael Cascone, Jr.

Chairman & C.E.O., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. (Retired) and JU Trustee

5/3/08

Doctor of Business and Commerce

(Spring Commencement)

Armando Codina

Chairman & C.E.O., Flagler Development Group

12/15/07

Doctor of Business and Commerce

(Winter Commencement)

Herbert H. Peyton

President, Gate Petroleum Company
JU Trustee

5/5/07

Doctor of Business and Commerce, honoris causa  (Commencement)  

 

Doctor of Civil Laws, honoris causa

(Commencement)

A. Dano Davis

JU Trustee and Benefactor

 

 

Paul Perez

Chief Compliance Officer, Fidelity National Finance

3/10/07

Doctor of Music Performance

(45th Anniversary Celebration of the College of Fine Arts)

Roger Williams

Award-winning pianist and performer

5/6/06

Doctor of Civil Laws

(Commencement)

The Honorable David M. Walker

Comptroller General of the United States and JU Trustee

4/30/05

Doctor of Humane Letters

(Commencement)

The Honorable Michael O. Leavitt

Secretary, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services

4/30/05

Integritas Vitae

(Commencement – Posthumously)

The Honorable Tillie K. Fowler

Former U. S. Representative and Partner with Holland & Knight LLP

5/1/04

Doctor of Laws

(Commencement)

The Honorable Tillie K. Fowler

Former U. S. Representative and Partner with Holland & Knight LLP

5/1/04

Integritas Vitae

(Commencement)

Dr. Mary Kathleen Johnson

Professor of Education; Director of Student Teaching; Director of Wilma’s Little People’s School

10/24/03

Doctor of Humane Letters

(Order of the Dolphin)

Victoria Livengood

International Opera Star and Distinguished Artist in Residence @ Jacksonville University

5/3/03

Integritas Vitae

(Commencement)

Dr. William A. Vessels

Jacksonville University Professor Emeritus

5/3/03

 

 

Doctor of Humane Letters

(Commencement)

Doctor of Humane Letters
(Commencement)

G. Kennedy Thompson

Chairman & CEO, Wachovia Corporation

Mary Virginia Terry

The CHT Corporation, Trustee and Benefactor

5/4/02

Integritas Vitae Dr. Joan S. Carver

Jacksonville University, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs; Professor Emeritus, 2002

5/4/02

 

 

 

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

(Commencement)

 

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa
(Commencement)

Vice Admiral Paul G. Gaffney, II

United States Navy, President, National Defense University and JU Trustee

 

Mr. Robert T. Shircliff

Chairman of the Board, The Shircliff Group (Retired) and JU Trustee

5/5/01

Integritas Vitae

(Commencement)

Senator George G. Kirkpatrick

Executive Director, Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida

5/5/01

 

 

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

 

 

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

Mrs. Florence N. Davis

Founder, the Friends of the Fine Arts and the Friends of the Library at Jacksonville University; served on the Jacksonville Board of Trustees for nearly forty years.  Civic leader.

 

Dr. George W. Hallam

Co-founder, Jacksonville University’s pre-journalism program and the University’s Honors Program; Author, Our Place in the Sun; Jacksonville University,  Professor Emeritus, 1998

5/6/00

Integritas Vitae

(Commencement)

 

Integritas Vitae

(Commencement)

 

Robert Pinsky

39th Poet Laureate of the United States

 

Dr. Jesse S. Robertson, Jr.

Vice President for Academic Affairs; Professor of Biology, Jacksonville University; Jacksonville University Alum

5/1/99

Integritas Vitae

(Commencement)

The Honorable H.L. Callahan

United States Congress

5/2/98

Integritas Vitae

(Commencement)

David L. Warren

President of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

5/3/97

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

Dr. Sharon L. Scholl

Professor of Humanities, Jacksonville University; former President of the National Association for Humanities Education; served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Endowment for the Humanities

11/21/96

Doctor of Humane Letters

R. David Thomas

Founder Wendy’s International
1996 Center for World Capitalism International Prize

12/2/95

Doctor of Humane Letters

Vaclav Klaus

Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
1995 Center for World Capitalism International Prize

4/29/95

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

Frances Bartlett Kinne

Chancellor Emeritus, Jacksonville University; vice president of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce; vice chairman of Jacksonville’s Insight Committee;  JU Trustee

10/14/94

Doctor of Humane Letters

Michael Novak

Scholar, Journalist, Social Critic, Teacher
1994 Institution for World Capitalism International Prize

4/30/94

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

Bertice B. Berry

Sociologist and Television Talk Show Host; Jacksonville University alum; Campus Entertainer of the Year (1994)

4/14/93

Doctor of Human Letters

Dr. Milton Friedman

Economist, Author, Scholar

4/25/92

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

John W. Snow

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, CSX Corporation; director of The College of William and Mary School of Business Administration Sponsors, Inc., director of the university of Tennessee development Council, director of the Kentucky Economic Development Corporation, and director of the Association of American Railroads

4/27/91

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

Robert Rex Waller

President and Chief Executive Officer, Mayo Foundation, Professor of Ophthalmology at the Mayo Medical School

2/27/91

Doctor of Laws

Jacob C. Belin

Chairman & C.E.O., St. Joe Paper Co.
Col. Kinne Free Enterprise Award

4/28/90

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

Pat Summerall

CBS Sports Broadcaster and JU Trustee

4/29/89

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

Malcom S. Forbes, Jr.
President and Chief Operating Officer, Forbes, Inc.; Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Magazine

4/30/88

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

H. Ross Perot

Founder, Electronic Data Systems Corporation; received the Defense Medal of Distinguished Public Service (the Department of Defense’s highest civilian award), the Winston Churchill Award, the Jefferson Award for Public Service, and The Raoul Wallenberg Award; distinguished business entrepreneur, super patriot, outstanding civic leader, and philanthropist

11/4/87

Doctor of Humane Letters

Governor Bob Martinez

Governor of Florida

7/3/87

Doctor of Humane Letters

Prof. Dr. Helmut Viebrock

Retired University President, Author and Renowned Scholar

5/2/87

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

Paul Adolph Volcker

Chairman, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System

12/11/86

Doctor of Laws

Bert Thomas (Posthumous)

Davis College of Business Dedication and  JU Trustee

4/26/86

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Benjamin Franklin Skinner

President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Bell, director of Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, director of the Science and Technology Museum of Atlanta, director of the Central Atlanta Progress, director of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and senior vice president of the Telephone Pioneers of America

4/3/86

Doctor of Laws

General Paul X. Kelley

Commandant, U. S. Marine Corps

3/4/86

Doctor of Music

The Juilliard String Quartet (Robert Nathaniel Mann, violin; Earl Winston Carlyss, violin; Samuel Rhodes, viola; and Joel Krosnick, cello)

4/27/85

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

Virginia Harrington Knauer

Special Advisor to the President for Consumer Affairs, Director of the United States Office of Consumer Affairs, and Chairperson of the Consumer Affairs Council

1/22/85

Doctor of Fine Arts

Jerome Hines

Opera and Television Star

10/4/84

Doctor of Laws

Winston Spencer Churchill

Author, Journalist, Lecturer and Parliamentarian

9/20/84

Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa

Helen F. Boehm

Artist, lecturer, entrepreneur, and Chairman of the Board of Boehm Porcelain (awarded at a special convocation)

4/28/84

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

Abigail Van Buren

Syndicated columnist, advisor, lecturer, author, activist, and humanitarian; better known as “Dear Abby”

4/28/84

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Charles L. Schepens

Senior Consulting Surgeon and Director Emeritus of the Retina Service of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Director of the Department of Retina Research and President of the Eye Research Institute of the Retina Foundation, member of the Associate Staff of Hahnemann hospital in Boston, member of the National Advisory Eye Council in Washington, D.C., and Consultant in Ophthalmology to the Surgeon General of the Navy

12/7/83

Doctor of Humane Letters

Eppie Lederer

Syndicated Columnist

11/18/83

Doctor of Fine Arts

Charlton Heston

Legendary Actor of Stage, Screen and Television

9/9/83

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Artis Gilmore

Center, San Antonio Spurs; Jacksonville University Alum (awarded at a special convocation); Trustee

4/23/83

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

William Eugene Mayberry

Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mayo Clinic; physician, educator, administrator and humanitarian

4/12/83

Doctor of humane Letters, honoris causa

President Gerald R. Ford

Former President of the United States (awarded at the Kick-off of a fund raising campaign)

4/24/82

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

Linus Carl Pauling

Research Professor, Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine; recipient of the 1954 Nobel Prize for Chemistry; recipient of the Presidential Medal for merit in 1948; scientist, educator, humanist and activist

4/24/82

Composer Laureate

William Barnes Hoskins

Professor of Music; former Dean of the College of Music, Jacksonville University

4/13/82

Doctor of Laws

Dr. John Francis Lehman, Jr.

Scholar and Naval Reserve Officer

8/15/81

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

William Butler Mills

Trustee, Jacksonville University; past Chairman of the Jacksonville Port Authority and Chairman of the Downtown Development Council; served as a director or trustee of numerous civic, charitable, and educational organizations including the Jesse Ball duPont Religious, Charitable and Educational Fund, the Jacksonville Children’s hospital, Riverside Hospital, the Haydon Burns Library, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra

4/25/81

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

Felix Compton Robb

Executive Director of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

8/9/80

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Charles Edward Acker

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Air Florida Systems, Inc.

8/11/79

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Hugh Franklin Culverhouse

Distinguished attorney, outstanding business, sports entrepreneur, dedicated community leader, and devoted friend and trustee of Jacksonville University

4/21/79

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Daniel Robert Graham

38th Governor of Florida; former member of the Florida House, and the Florida State Senate

8/12/78

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

Frank Gill Slaughter

Author, surgeon and scholar; Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery

4/22/78

Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa Warren L. Jones City of Jacksonville, Judge

Bryan Simpson
City of Jacksonville, Judge

Gerald B. Tjoflat
City of Jacksonville, Judge

Jerome P. Keuper

President and Founder of the Florida Institute of Technology

2/28/78

Doctor of Music Eric Fenby

Composer, Conductor and Performer

8/13/77

Doctor of Civil Laws, honoris causa

Arthur Frank Burns

Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and Alternate Governor of the International Monetary Fund

8/14/76

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Patricia Sullivan Lindh

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs; delegate to the United National International Women’s Year Conference in Mexico City; founder of the International Women’s Club in Kuwait

4/24/76

Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa

William Edward Simon

Secretary of the Treasury; Chairman of the Economic Policy Board

4/19/75

Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa

Chesterfield Harvey Smith

Past President, American Bar Association

11/4/74

Doctor of Civil Law

Alexander Brest

Trustee, Friend and Benefactor of JU

8/25/74

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

Walt Whitman Rostow

Professor of Economics and History, University of Texas

4/12/74

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

James Elsworth Davis

Chairman of the Board of Winn-Dixie Stores

10/14/73

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

Fred B. Noble

Honorary Chairman, Board of Trustees; Alum, Jacksonville University

8/26/73

Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa

John Arthur Love

The first Director of the Energy Policy Office and Assistant to the President for Energy; former Governor of Colorado

4/22/73

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

William Franklin Graham

Minister of the Gospel, evangelist

4/16/72

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Charles Edward Bennett

United States Congressman, Florida; former U.S. Representative; author of the legislation that made “In God We Trust” the nation’s official motto in 1954; member of the Jacksonville University Council, and long-time friend and supporter of Jacksonville University

4/6/72

Unknown (awarded at a Fine Arts Festival Convocation)

Bob Hope

Entertainer

Jack Benny

Entertainer

8/22/71

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

Richard Vernon Moore

Dean of the college presidents in Florida; President of Bethune-Cookman College; first Negro State Supervisor of Secondary Schools for Negroes; member of the Board of Trustees of Florida Southern College, the Board of Education of the United Methodist Church, the Florida Council on Human Relations, the Board of Governors of Halifax Area Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors of the Afro-American Life Insurance Company, and many fraternal organizations.

8/22/71

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Sidney Martin Lefkowitz

Rabbi of the Congregation Ahavath Chesed; lecturer in religion at Jacksonville University; U. S. Army chaplain in WWII; a member of the governing boards of the Jacksonville United Fund, Jacksonville Art museum, Jewish Welfare Society, and United Service organizations; a charter member of the Jacksonville University Council

4/18/71

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Lawton Mainer Chiles

United States Senator

4/18/71

Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa

Spessard Lindsey Holland

United States Senator, retired; retired Captain, U.S. Army; former Governor of Florida; trustee of Emory University and Florida Southern College; member of the Executive Council of the University of Florida Alumni Association

4/18/71

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Robert Edward McNeill, Jr.
Retired Chairman of the Board of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company; served as director, trustee and committee member of Chrysler Corporation, American Title Insurance Company, and Union Carbide Corporation; Trustee of the University of Florida Foundation and New York University

8/23/70

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Margaret Chase Smith

United States Senator; former Representative from Maine (1940-1949); retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserve; voted “The Ten Most Admired Women” by a  Gallup poll

8/23/70

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

Mrs. Jesse Ball duPont

Served as trustee of Hollins College, Stetson University, and Jacksonville University; first female member of the Florida Board of Control; philanthropist

4/19/70

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

John Hubbard Chafee

Secretary of the Navy; WWII veteran; lawyer; former three-term Representative from Rhode Island; former Governor

3/19/70

Unknown

Mr. Rudolph Bing

Director, Metropolitan Opera (awarded at the Fine Arts Festival)

4/20/69

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Hans G. Tanzler, Jr.
Mayor of Jacksonville; former Judge of the Criminal Court of Record, Duval County; helped lead the movement to consolidate of the governments of the City of Jacksonville and Duval County.

9/17/68

Unknown

Dr. Jerrold R. Zacharias

Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (awarded at Convocation and the Dedication of Physics-Mathematics Building)

4/21/68

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Stephen Cornelius O’Connell

Lawyer, jurist, soldier, educator; former Florida Supreme Court Justice, former Chief Justice, President of the University of Florida

Robert Barbeau Mautz

Chancellor of the State University System; Brigadier General, United States Air Force Reserve; past president of the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities, Trustee of the Florida Beta Student’s Aid Fund, Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Theta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Alpha Delta, and the Order of Coif.

8/20/67

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Alan Stephenson Boyd

Secretary of Transportation, United States of America

Guy W. Botts

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Jacksonville Univesity

4/7/67

Unknown

Mr. Aaron Copland

Composer (awarded at the Contemporary Music Festival)

4/18/66

Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa

Luis Quintanilla

Professor of Political Science and Director of the Seminar on International Relations, (University of Mexico, Mexico City); President of the Mexican Academy of International Law

8/23/65

Doctor of Science, honoris causa

John Ray Dunning

Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University

4/19/65

Doctor of Science, honoris causa

Alton Ochsner

Director of Surgery, Ochsner Clinic and Ochsner Foundation Hospital; Emeritus Professor of Surgery, Tulane University

12/14/64

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Haydon Burns

Mayor-Commissioner, City of Jacksonville; Governor-elect, State of Florida

11/20/64

Unknown (all awarded on the occasion of the Inauguration of President Robert Harry Spiro, Jacksonville University)

Dr. Frank Graves Dickey
Executive Director, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Dr. Richard Orin Cornett

Director, Division of Organization and Administration, U.S. Office of Education

Dr. John Ollie Edmunds

President, Stetson University

Dr. William Kirkpatrick Selden

Executive Director, National Commission on Accrediting

Arthur Fiedler

Conductor, the Boston Pops

Dr. Rufus Carrollton Harris

President, Mercer University

Luther Hartwell Hodges

Secretary of Commerce, United States

10/20/64

Unknown

His Excellency Braj Kumar Nehru

Ambassador of India (awarded at Fall Convocation)

8/20/64

Unknown

George Armistead Smathers

United States Senator

4/18/64

Unknown

Sir Solly Zuckerman

Chief Scientific Advisor, Ministry of Defense of Britain

2/21/64

Unknown

Mr. Charles G. Mortimer

Chairman, General Foods Corporation (awarded at Founders Day Convocation)

9/20/63

Unknown

Admiral of the Fleet, the Earl Mountbatten of Burma

(awarded at Fall Convocation)

4/19/63

Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa

Henry King Stanford

President of the University of Miami

3/11/63

Unknown

Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson

Vice President of the United States (awarded at Spring Convocation)

2/7/63

Unknown

Dr. Arnold J. Toynbee

Historian and Philosopher (awarded at Mid Winter Convocation)

9/12/62

Unknown

Dr. Lyman C. Prior

 

Mr. George Orner (Awarded at Fall Convocation)

6/1/62

Unknown

Dr. Philip G. Hoffman

President, University of Houston

2/1/62

Unknown

Mr. Philip Emanuel

Co-Trustee of the Delius Trust, London, England (at a Delius Banquet)

6/3/61

Unknown

Dr. Franklyn A. Johnson

President, Jacksonville University

2/8/61

Unknown

Dr. Bell I. Wiley

Charles H. Candler Professor of History, Emory University

9/29/60

Unknown

Dean Joseph Weil

College of Engineering, University of Florida

6/3/60

Unknown

Dr. Deward D. Harrison

President, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Robert M. Strozier (posthumous)
President of Florida State University (has been scheduled to be Commencement speaker this year)

6/6/59

Unknown

Dr. J. Wayne Reitz

President, University of Florida

2/4/59

Unknown (for JU’s Silv​​er Jubilee)

Dr. Selman A. Waksman

1952 Nobel Laureate in Medicine, Director Emeritus, Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Discovered streptomycin)

9/25/58

Unknown

Carl S. Swisher

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Jacksonville University