2017

Holland Cotter
Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel
David N. Dinkins
Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Arts
Doctor of Laws

2016

Katherine L. Vockins Doctor of Humane Letters

2015

David Henry Hwang
Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi
Debora Lynn Spar 
Doctor of Fine Arts
Doctor of Humane Letters
Doctor of Humane Letters

2014

Amy Goodman
John Zorn
Doctor of Humane Letters
Doctor of Music

2013

Eric Foner Doctor of Humane Letters

2012

Elizabeth J. McCormack
Aaron Benjamin Sorkin
Doctor of Humane Letters
Doctor of Fine Arts

2011

Alfredo Jaar 
Evelyn Fox Keller
Doctor of Fine Arts
Doctor of Science

2010

Philip Bosco Doctor of Fine Arts

2009

Dianne Mcintyre
Frederick Wiseman
Doctor of Fine Arts
Doctor of Fine Arts

2008

Tony Kushner
Jeffrey D. Sachs
Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Science

2007

Tania  León
Joyce Randolph

Doctor of Music
Doctor of Fine Arts

2006

Allan E. Goodman
Carmen De Lavallade

Doctor of Humane Letters
Doctor of Fine Arts

2005

Santo Loquasto
Carl Safina

Doctor of Fine Arts
Doctor of Science

2004

Billy Collins
Clark Terry
Joan M. Weill

Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Music
Doctor of Humane Letters

2003

Cora Cahan
Timothy John Russert
Robert Scholes

Doctor of Humane Letters
Doctor of Humane Letters
Doctor of Letters

2002

Judith Jamison
Joseph Volpe

Doctor of Fine Arts
Doctor of Humane Letters

2001

James Earl Jones

Doctor of Fine Arts

2000

Robert Rubin

Doctor of Humane Letters

1999

Paul Gottlieb Doctor of Humane Letters

1998

Charles Thomas Close
Wesley Snipes
Doctor of Fine Arts
Doctor of Fine Arts

1997

Edward Albee
L. Erlenmeyer-Kimling
Frederic V. Salerno
Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Science
Doctor of Humane Letters

1996

Richard Maass Doctor of Letters

1995

Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Earl G. Graves
Cynthia Gregory
Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Humane Letters
Doctor of Fine Arts

1994

William Styron Doctor of Letters
 

1993

Sandra Cisneros
Martha Hill
Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Fine Arts

1992

H. Jack Geiger
George Segal
Doctor of Science
Doctor of Fine Arts

1991

Joseph Nanven Garba
Donald Kendall
Rose Styron
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Humane Letters
Doctor of Humane Letters

1990

Hal Prince Doctor of Fine Arts

1989

Robert L. Heilbroner
Cynthia Ozick
Doctor of Humane Letters
Doctor of Humane Letters

1988

Paul Taylor Doctor of Fine Arts

1987

Harry Belafonte
William Woodside
Doctor of Fine Arts
Doctor of Humane Letters

1986

Joseph Papp
George Rickey
Doctor of Fine Arts
Doctor of Fine Arts

1985

Elliott Carter Doctor of Music

1983

Peter R. Marler
Toni Morrison
Doctor of Science
Doctor of Humane Letters

1982

Roy R. Neuberger Doctor of Fine Arts