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A History of Salve Regina University's
Honorary Degree Recipients
Salve College Crest

The awarding of honorary degrees is a tradition in higher education as
"Harvard... was first to confer honorary degrees-in 1692, when it conferred a doctor of sacred theology degree on its president, Increase Mather..." (Encyclopedia of American Education).
Photo of Cornelius Moore Salve Regina University has been awarding honorary degrees since 1960, when The Hon. Cornelius C. Moore received his Doctor of Laws degree and The Most Rev. Russell J. McVinney, the Bishop of Providence received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

View commencement program and citations of 1960 in PDF format.
Senator Claiborn Pell, was awarded the Doctor of Humanities in 1965.

View commencement program and citations of 1965 in PDF format.
Photo of Claiborn Pell
Photo of Rabbi Theodore LewisSince that time Salve has awarded over 100 honorary degrees, to people such as The Rabbi Theodore Lewis.

View commencement program and citations of 1971 in PDF format.
This year, the former United Nations ambassador Richard Holbrooke will deliver the keynote address and receive an honorary doctorate during Salve Regina's 57th Commencement May 13. A diplomat, magazine editor, author, Peace Corps director and investment banker, Holbrooke is perhaps best known for his role in ending the Bosnian conflict by brokering the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords.
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Photo of Richard Holbrooke

From an exhibit created and prepared by McKillop Library Staff in 2006.

Send comments or questions to Maria Bernier, University Archivist, 401.341.2276 , email