Honorary Degrees

UNT awards honorary degrees to individuals who, by their extraordinary achievements, add substantial knowledge to or better society as a whole.

Name Degree Year

Stanley Marcus

Doctor of Arts and Letters

1982

Trammell Crow

Doctor of Humanities

1983

Martha Gaylord

Doctor of Performing Arts

1984

Tom Hughes

Doctor of Performing Arts

1984

Ross Perot

Doctor of Educational Leadership

1987

John Ardoin

Doctor of Humane Letters

1987

Bill Moyers

Doctor of Journalism

1988

Jack Evans

Doctor of Civics

1988

Martin Blumenson

Doctor of Letters

1988

E.L. “Buddy” Langley

Doctor of Humane Letters

1989

Julian C. Stanley Jr.

Doctor of Educational Excellence

1990

Robert H. Dedman

Doctor of Laws

1990

R.E. “Bob” Bolen

Doctor of Public Service

1990

E. Bruce Street

Doctor of Educational Excellence

1991

Annette Strauss

Doctor of Public Service

1992

Mabel Peters Caruth

Doctor of Philanthropy

1992

Ron J. Anderson

Doctor of Public Service

1992

Norman Hackerman

Doctor of Public Service

1993

Gene Autry

Doctor of Arts and Letters

1994

Wilhelmina Delco

Doctor of Public Service

1995

Edmund Pennington Pillsbury

Doctor of Fine Arts

1996

C.A. Roberson

Doctor of Educational Leadership

1996

Herb Ellis

Doctor of Music and Humanities

1997

Phyllis George

Doctor of Media Arts

1998

Lucille “Lupe” Murchison

Doctor of Public Service and Philanthropy

1998

Jerry Farrington

Doctor of Public Service

1999

David M. Richards

Doctor of Educational Leadership

1999

Frances Brannen Vick

Doctor of Humane Letters

2000

J. McDonald “Don” Williams

Doctor of Public Service

2002

Raymond Nasher

Doctor of Fine Arts

2002

Maya Angelou

Doctor of Humane Letters

2004

King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Doctor of Performance and Composition

2004

Joe Atkins

Doctor of Humane Letters

2004

A. Tennyson Miller

Doctor of Humane Letters

2004

William Hunt

Doctor of Humane Letters

2005

Coretta Scott King

Doctor of Humane Letters

2005

Patti LaBelle

Doctor of Humane Letters

2005

Dolores Huerta

Doctor of Humane Letters

2005

Bruce Cole

Doctor of Humane Letters

2005

Adel A. Al-Jubeir

Doctor of Humane Letters

2006

John E. King

Doctor of Humane Letters

2006

Leon Breeden

Doctor of Humane Letters

2009

Donald A. Buchholz

Doctor of Humane Letters

2015

Paul R. Voertman

Doctor of Humane Letters

2016

President's Citations

Presidential Medal of Honor

The Presidential Medal of Honor is an exclusive award to honor those who have made significant contributions to UNT and have elevated the university. It is the highest presidential honor given to an individual.

  • George Dunham, 2015 Presidential Medal of Honor recipient