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Rochester Institute of Technology Honorary Degree records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0156

Scope and Contents

The Rochester Institute of Technology Honorary Degree records consist of items related to the various degrees conferred by the university. The collection includes general information such as lists of former recipients, copies of university policies and procedures, and sample diplomas. However, most of the collection is made up of files on individual degree recipients that include biographical information as well as copies of the conferred honorary degrees. Information is available through 2007.

Dates

  • 1968-2007

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Historical Information: Rochester Institute of Technology Honorary Degrees

Although the New York State Board of Regents first allowed the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to issue honorary degrees in 1958, RIT did not award its first degree until 1968 at the dedication ceremony for the university's new campus. Degree recipients were chosen by a faculty committee and were conferred by the university's Board of Trustees. The degree was considered to be the university's highest award and was given to individuals who have:
  • Achieved national recognition
  • Made an outstanding contribution to society
  • Made a significant contribution to his/her professional field.
  • Past Honorary Degree recipients (current 2007)

    1968
    Honorable Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller
    Mr. William Scott Vaughn
    1986
    Mr. Jack St. Clair Kilby
    1989
    Mr. Silvio O. Conte
    Dr. S. Richard Silverman
    Mr. Gordon Parks
    Mr. Albert Rose
    Honorable Alfonse M. D'Amato
    1990
    Honorable Frank Horton
    1991
    Mr. Robert R. Davila
    Ms. Henriette D. Avram
    Mr. Vaclav Klaus
    1992
    Mr. Joseph M. Juran
    Mr. Jīhān Sādāt
    1993
    Mr. Mervin D. Garretson
    Mr. Genji Murai
    1995
    Mr. Burton S. August, Sr.
    Mr. Douglass C. North
    1996
    Dr. James C. Marsters
    Mr. Thomas H. Gosnell
    Ms. Gertrude B. Elion
    Ms. Rosalyn Yalow
    1997
    Ōhi Chōzaemon
    President George H. Bush
    1999
    Mr. Lucius R. Gordon
    Mr. E. Kent Damon
    Honorable William A. Johnson, Jr.
    Ms. Mary McAleese
    2000
    Mr. Norman Jewison
    2002
    Honorable George John Tenet
    Mr. Massimo Vignelli
    2004
    Ms. Anne Mulcahy
    2005
    Dr. Richard Cheng
    2006
    Mr. Dean Kamen
    2007
    Mr. Yōhei Sasakawa
    President William Jefferson Clinton

    Extent

    0.25 Linear Feet (1 document box)

    Language

    English

    Overview

    Materials related to honorary degrees conferred by the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). RIT awarded its first honorary degree in 1968. The collection includes information on policies and procedures, biographical information, copies of diplomas, and other related materials.

    Arrangement

    Materials are separated by recipient and are arranged in chronological order.

    Physical Location

    C.S. North, Shelf 325

    Other Finding Aids

    In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

    Rochester Institute of Technology Honorary Degree records

    Processing Information

    Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in April 2011.
    Title
    Rochester Institute of Technology Honorary Degree records
    Subtitle
    RIT Archives
    Status
    Published
    Author
    Lara Nicosia
    Date
    18 April 2011
    Description rules
    Describing Archives: A Content Standard
    Language of description
    Undetermined
    Script of description
    Code for undetermined script
    Language of description note
    English

    Repository Details

    Part of the RIT Archive Collections Repository

    Contact:
    RIT Libraries
    Wallace Center
    90 Lomb Memorial Drive
    Rochester NY 14623 USA
    (585) 475-4613