Honorary Degree Recipients

Becker College awards honorary doctoral degrees to individuals who merit our highest recognition by attaining achievements of extraordinary and lasting distinction and demonstrating personal and professional qualities that are consistent with the mission and values of Becker College: outstanding humanitarian or public service in the global arena, in our nation, or in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; exceptional contributions to knowledge in the world of scholarship; creativity and innovation in any field that has enriched lives; and support of our College.


Honorary Degree Recipients

2018

  • Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito
  • Sam Vaghar
  • Eric Schwarz
  • Dr. Gregory Pogue, Class of 1970

2017 

  • Manuel A. Lopes
  • Clifford L. Rucker

2016

  • Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D.
  • W. Patrick Hughes

2015

  • Karen S. Rohan
  • The Honorable Martha P. Grace

2014

  • Leonard F. Gengel ’84
  • Cherylann Gengel
  • Sheila M. Harrity, Ed.D.

2013

  • The Honorable Judge Greg Mathis
  • Michael V. O’Brien, Worcester, MA City Manager

2012

  • Dom Sagolla

2011

  • Frederick H. Eppinger
  • Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

2010

  • Laura Andrassy ’69
  • Mary C. DeFeudis
  • U.S. Representative Richard E. Neal
  • Barbara A. Wilson
  • Edward J. Wilson

2009 

  • Michael P. Angelini
  • Edward I. Fendell ’51

2008

  • Craig C. Mello, Ph.D.
  • Sumner B. Tilton, Jr.

2007

  • David Massad, Sr.

2006

  • Worcester Mayor Timothy P. Murray

2005

  • U.S. Congressman James P. McGovern

2004

  • William F. Bruso
  • Joyce I. Fuller
  • Gabe N. Simon ’51
  • Kenneth E. Zirkle

2003

  • Colleen Barrett ’64
  • David H. Bergquist, Ph.D.
  • Warren C. Lane, Jr.

2002

  • William L. Nack

2001

  • Cushing C. Bozenhard
  • Carlton Perry
  • Captain William Pinkney

2000

  • Robert Cousy

1999

  • Theodore Deitz
  • Lois B. Green
  • James K. Kallstrom
  • Arnold C. Weller, Jr. 

1998

  • Judith M. Leonard
  • Allen M. Schoen, D.V.M.
  • Franklin M. Loew, D.V.M. Ph.D.

1997

  • Herbert Benson, M.D.
  • Harold A. Beaudoin ’35 

1996

  • Clare M. Cotton

1995

  • Helen E. Stoddard
  • Susan Wornick 

1994

  • Gilbert R. Boutin ’39