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Honorary Degree Recipients and Speakers

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. University faculty who delivered the Commencement address and were not honorary degree recipients appear in italics.

May 1995

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

May 1996

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

May 1997

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

May 1998

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

May 1999

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

May 2000

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

May 2001

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

December 2001 James P. Blanton, Doctor of Public Service
Var Limpasuvan *
May 2002 W. Horace Carter, Doctor of Humane Letters
Judy Woodruff, Doctor of Public Service *
Mark S. Kelley, Doctor of Public Service
Hugh K. Leatherman Sr., Doctor of Public Service
December 2003 David Drayton, Doctor of Humane Letters
Ashby Ward, Doctor of Public Service (posthumously)
Robert Squatriglia *
May 2004 Lindsey Graham, Doctor of Public Service *
Tom Keegan, Doctor of Public Service
Florida Yeldell, Doctor of Humane Letters
May 2005 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
May 2006 William W. Wilkins, Doctor of Public Service *
David W. Harwell, Doctor of Public Service
Gerrita Postlewait, Doctor of Public Service
Jack Thompson, Doctor of Fine Arts
December 2006 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
Terri Sinclair *
May 2007 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
Ronald R. Ingle *
December 2007 Larry L. Biddle, Doctor of Public Service
Daniel T. Cooper, Doctor of Public Service
Marilyn J. Fore, Doctor of Public Service
Kevin Jenerette *
May 2008 Patrick Cleburne "Clebe" McClary, Doctor of Public Service *
Liston Barfield, Doctor of Public Service
William Gibson, Doctor of Humane Letters
J. Yancey McGill, Doctor of Public Service
December 2008 Dorothy K. Anderson, Doctor of Public Service
Harold C. Stowe, Doctor of Public Service
Barbie Norvell *
May 2009 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
December 2009 Jonathan Green, Doctor of Fine Arts *
May 2010 Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Doctor of Public Service *
December 2010 Richard A. Raskopf, Doctor of Humane Letters *
May 2011 CCU President David A. DeCenzo *
September 2011 Harold "Hal" Rogers, Doctor of Public Service
December 2011 Pierre Thuot, Doctor of Public Service *
May 2012                       James E. Clyburn, Doctor of Public Service*                           
December 2012

Vernice Armour, Doctor of Humane Letters *

W. Bryan White, Doctor of Public Service

May 2013

Raymond E. Cleary III, Doctor of Public Service

Timothy E. Scott, Doctor of Public Service *