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Honorary Degree Recipients

In the early 1950s, a handful of community leaders were anxious about the socioeconomic perils that could befall a region without ready access to higher education. Those leaders set a goal, went to work, and in September 20, 1954, Coastal Carolina Junior College held its first classes - after hours in Conway High School. In 1963, the institution opened its first building on the new campus, the Edward M. Singleton Building. On July 1, 1993 on the portico of the Singleton Building, South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell signed legislation that established an independent public university - Coastal Carolina University. The University awarded its first honorary degrees in May of 1995.

Honorary degree recipients and their respective degrees are indicated below. The honorary degree recipients who delivered the Commencement address are indicated with an asterisk.  

2014

May

Natasha D. Trethewey Doctor of Humane Letters*

2013

December   

May

Michael F. Clayton Doctor of Public Service *

Raymond E. Cleary III Doctor of Public Service
Timothy E. Scott Doctor of Public Service *

2012 

December


May

Vernice Armour Doctor of Humane Letters *
W. Bryan White Doctor of Public Service

James E. Clyburn Doctor of Public Service *

2011

December

September

Pierre Thuot Doctor of Public Service *

Harold "Hal" Rogers Doctor of Public Service 

2010 

December

May

Richard A. Raskopf Doctor of Humane Letters *

Bonnie McElveen-Hunter Doctor of Public Service *

2009 

December

May 

Jonathan Green Doctor of Fine Arts *

Edward Ball Doctor of Humane Letters * 
Clay D. Brittain Jr. Doctor of Public Service
Hilda M. Carter Doctor of Public Service
Arthur Herbert "Doc" Lachicotte Jr. Doctor of Public Service

2008 

December


May

Dorothy K. Anderson Doctor of Public Service
Harold C. Stowe Doctor of Public Service

Liston Barfield Doctor of Public Service
William Gibson Doctor of Humane Letters
Patrick Cleburne "Clebe" McClary Doctor of Public Service *
J. Yancey McGill Doctor of Public Service

2007 

December

 

May

Larry L. Biddle Doctor of Public Service
Daniel T. Cooper Doctor of Public Service
Marilyn J. Fore Doctor of Public Service

James C. Benton Doctor of Public Service 
James F. Hackler Jr. Doctor of Public Service
Josephine Humphreys Doctor of Humane Letters
Judith K. Ingle Doctor of Public Service

2006 

December

 

 
May

 

William J. Baxley Jr. Doctor of Public Service
M. Lois Eargle 
Doctor of Public Service
Emma Lou Johnson 
Doctor of Public Service 
H. Neyle Wilson 
Doctor of Public Service

David W. Harwell Doctor of Public Service
Gerrita Postlewait Doctor of Public Service
Jack Thompson Doctor of Fine Arts
William W. Wilkins Doctor of Public Service *

2005 

May

Henry E. Brown Jr. Doctor of Public Service * 
John W. Dawsey Doctor of Public Service 
Edward M. Singleton Doctor of Public Service
Mickey Spillane Doctor of Humane Letters

 2004

May

Lindsey Graham Doctor of Public Service * 
Tom Keegan Doctor of Public Service
Florida Yeldell Doctor of Humane Letters

 2003

December

David Drayton Doctor of Humane Letters
Ashby Ward Doctor of Public Service (posthumously)

 2002

May

W. Horace Carter Doctor of Humane Letters
Mark S. Kelley Doctor of Public Service
Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Doctor of Public Service 
Judy Woodruff Doctor of Public Service *

 2001

December

May

 

James P. Blanton Doctor of Public Service

Walter Edgar Doctor of Humane Letters *
Genevieve Chandler Peterkin Doctor of Humane Letters
Bill Pinkney Doctor of Fine Arts

 2000

May

Sigmund Abeles Doctor of Fine Arts * 
John Hope Doctor of Public Service 
 1999

May

Rita Colwell Doctor of Public Service * 
William H. Davis Doctor of Humane Letters
D. Kent Sharples Doctor of Public Service

 1998

May

Henry J. Cauthen Doctor of Public Service
William R. Ferris Doctor of Humane Letters *
Alberta L. Quattlebaum Doctor of Public Service

 1997

May

Fred. P. Brinkman Doctor of Public Service
William F. Davis Doctor of Public Service
Joab M. Lesesne Doctor of Humane Letters *

 1996

May

Jonothan Kozol Doctor of Public Service *
William A. Sessions Doctor of Humane Letters

 1995 May

Catherine H. Lewis Doctor of Humane Letters
Philip H. Prince Doctor of Public Service *
Cathcart R. Smith Doctor of Public Service