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Honorary Degrees

Honorary Degrees

2017 Honorary Degree Recipients

The university grants honorary degrees during the convocation ceremony each year to recognize excellence in human endeavor, including scholarship, public service and the performing arts.  

Patricia Flatley Brennan

Honorary Doctor of Science 

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, directs the National Library of Medicine (NLM)—the world’s largest biomedical library and producer of digital information services used by scientists, health professionals and members of the public worldwide. She became director last August.

A past president of the American Medical Informatics Association, Brennan was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (now the National Academy of Medicine) in 2001. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Medical Informatics and the New York Academy of Medicine.


Victor Dzau

Honorary Doctor of Science

Victor Dzau, MD, is president of the National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine, and serves as vice chair of the National Research Council. He also is chancellor emeritus and the James B. Duke Professor of Medicine at Duke University, and past president and CEO of the Duke University Health System.

Dzau is an internationally acclaimed leader and scientist, through his seminal research in cardiovascular medicine and genetics. He advises governments, corporations and universities worldwide, serves on several international committees and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.