Honorary Degree Recipients

Honorary Degree Recipients

Year Awarded Honoree Degree Awarded
2013 Honorable Mae A. D'Agostino '77 Doctor of Laws
  Walter T. Kicinski '62 Doctor of Humane Letters
  John J. Nigro Doctor of Humane Letters
2012 Derek S. Jeter Doctor of Humane Letters
  Virginia Kraft Payson Doctor of Humane Letters
  Joseph M. Pastore, Jr., Ph.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
2011 Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
  Ralph F. Perez Doctor of Humane Letters
  Diane Ravitch, Ph.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
2010 Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
  Ambassador Andrew J. Young Doctor of Humane Letters
2009 Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
  John M. Felice, O.F.M. Doctor of Humane Letters
  Honorable Victoria A. Graffeo Doctor of Laws
  Robert C. Lamar, D.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
  Robert J. Paeglow, M.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
2008 James J. Barba, Esq. '66 Doctor of Humane Letters
  Immaculѐe Ilibagiza Doctor of Humane Letters
2007 Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Ph.D., D.D. Doctor of Sacred Theology
  Robert A. McCormick Doctor of Commercial Science
  Dan Rather Doctor of Humane Letters
  Helen Thomas Doctor of Humane Letters
2006 Frank DeFord Doctor of Humane Letters
  Soledad O'Brien Doctor of Humane Letters
  Reverend Peter G. Young '53 Doctor of Humane Letters
2005 Honorable Jack Quinn '73 Doctor of Laws
  Timothy Russert Doctor of Letters
  Barbara Taylor Bradford Doctor of Letters
  Gino Turchi Doctor of Humane Letters
2004 Joyce F. Brown, Ph.D. Doctor of Letters
  J. Spencer Standish Doctor of Science
  Patricia H. Standish Doctor of Letters
2003 Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J. Doctor of Sacred Theology
  Robert J. & Anne L. Higgins Doctor of Musical Arts
  Karen J. Mathis Doctor of Laws
2002 John J. Breyo, Jr. '68 Doctor of Laws
  Jean Bethke Elshtain Doctor of Letters
  Fr. Mychal Judge, O.F.M. Doctor of Humane Letters
2001 Steve Forbes Doctor of Laws
  Carmela G. Lacayo Doctor of Humane Letters
  Robert Lanier Doctor of Humane Letters
  Robert L. Nardelli Doctor of Letters
2000 Mary Higgins Clark Doctor of Letters
  Archbishop Roberto O. Gonzalez, O.F.M. '72 Doctor of Sacred Theology
  Kenneth F. Hackett Doctor of Humane Letters
  Kenneth Woodward Doctor of Letters
1999 Most Reverend Giacomo Bini Doctor of Sacred Theology
  Honorable Joseph L. Bruno Doctor of Laws
  Johnnetta B. Cole, Ph.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
  Michael E. DeBakey, M.D. Doctor of Humane Letters
  Jerome R. McDougal, Jr. Doctor of Humane Letters
1998 Beverly A. Carroll Doctor of Humane Letters
  Sister Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J. Doctor of Sacred Theology
  Governor George E. Pataki Doctor of Laws
  General John W. Pauly Doctor of Civil Laws
1997 Mary d’Ablemont Doctor of Letters
  Robert J. Danzig, Litt.D. ‘62 Doctor of Letters
  Louis Dupre Doctor of Laws
  Irena A. Dyrcz-Freeman Doctor of Humane Letters
  Theodore Forstmann Doctor of Humane Letters
  Mary Gordon Doctor of Laws
1996 Sister Janet Carroll Doctor of Humane Letters
  Frederick G. Field, Jr. Doctor of Humane Letters
  Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Doctor of Laws
1995 No Recipients  
1994 Harolyn Blackwell Doctor of Humane Letters
1993 Honorable Michael R. McNulty
U.S. House of Representatives
Doctor of Laws
1992 Honorable Judith S. Kaye
Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals
Doctor of Laws
1991 Pat Carroll
Actress
Doctor of Fine Arts
  Sister Ellen Lawlor, R.S.M.
Community Leader
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Hugh N. Maclean, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Reverend John Vaughn, O.F.M.
Minister General of the Franciscan Order
Doctor of Sacred Theology
1990 Betty B. Crummey
Community Leader
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Robert Macauley
Director, AmeriCares
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Dr. G. Dennis O’Brien
President, University of Rochester
Doctor of Humane Letters
1989 Simone Estes
Bass-Baritone, International Opera Singer
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Most Reverend Harry J. Flynn ‘56
Bishop of Lafayette
Doctor of Sacred Theology
  Fr. Hugh F. Hines, O.F.M.
President, Siena College
Doctor of Humane Letters
1988 Sister Brigid Driscoll, R.S.H.M.
President, Marymount College
Doctor of Education
  Raymond C. Kennedy
Trustee Emeritus & Chairman, Kendall Holdings, Inc.
Doctor of Humane Letters
1987 Charles & Thelma Buchman
Founders of Siena College Jewish/Christian Institute
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Sister Nancy Chiarello, O.S.F.
Founder of The Dwelling Place
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Most Reverend Matthew H. Clark
Bishop of Rochester
Doctor of Sacred Theology
  Reverend Stephen Hardegen Doctor of Sacred Theology
  Peter M. Pryor, Esq. ‘52 Doctor of Laws
  Nikos Psacharopoulos
Founder and Director, Williamstown Playhouse
Doctor of Fine Arts
1986 Honorable Alphones M. D’Amato
United States Senator
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Peter F. McCarthy
President of McCarthy Foundation and Civic Leader
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Norman S. Rice
Director, Albany Institute of History and Art
Doctor of Fine Arts
1985 Kathryn L. Foy
Attorney at Law, DeGraff, Foy, Conway, Holt-Harris & Mealey
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Harry R. Horvitz
President and Publisher, Horvitz Newspapers, Inc.
Doctor of Letters
  Reverend Richard McCormick, S.J.
Professor of Christian Ethics, Georgetown University
Doctor of Humane Letters
1984 Matilda R. Cuomo
First Lady of the State of New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
  William J. Kennedy, Jr. ‘49
Distinguished Author
Doctor of Literature
  Bishop Graham D. Leonard Doctor of Sacred Theology
  Dr. Louis L. Martz
Sterling Professor of English, Yale University
Doctor of Letters
1983 Honorable C. George Deukmejian ‘49
Governor of the State of California
Doctor of Laws
  Dr. Mary Beth Norton
American History Scholar, Cornell University
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Maureen O’Sullivan
Stage and Film Actress
Doctor of Fine Arts
1982 Bobby Orr
Distinguished Athlete
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Lillemor T. Robb
Chairwoman of Student Affairs Committee of the Siena
College Board of Trustees, and Distinguished Civic Leader
Doctor of Laws
1981 Matthew T. Conlin, O.F.M. Doctor of Laws
  Paulo Evaristo, Cardinal Arns, O.F.M.
Roman Catholic Archbishop, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Doctor of Sacred Theology
  Arlo Guthrie Doctor of Fine Arts
  Margaret Brainard Hamilton
Internationally known Stage, Screen and Television Actress
Doctor of Arts
  Bernard F. Picotte
Founder and Chairman of the Boards,
Picotte Companies, and Distinguished Civic Leader
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Joseph A. Reagan, Jr. ‘50
President, Reagan/Compar Inc., and
Distinguished Alumnus and Civic Leader
Doctor of Science
1980 Honorable Charles D. Breitel
Retired Chief Judge, New York State Court of Appeals
Doctor of Laws
  Jeanne Jugan
Foundress, Little Sisters of the Poor
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Oliver A. Laakso
Chairman of the Board, Kamyr, Inc. (retired) and Civic Leader
Doctor of Letters
1979 Honorable James T. Foley
Chief Judge, U.S. District Court
Northern District of New York
Doctor of Laws
  Helen Hayes MacArthur
First Lady of the Theater and Humanitarian
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Benedict M. Taylor, O.F.M.
Franciscan Friar and Founder of Project Create
Doctor of Sacred Theology
1978 Sister Maureen Joyce, R.S.M.
Director, Community Maternity Services, Diocese of Albany
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Everett C. Reed
Chairman of the Board, Albany International
Menands, New York
Doctor of Science
  Gene Sarazen
Professional Golfer
San Marco, Florida
Doctor of Humane Letters
1977 Honorable Hugh L. Carey
Governor, New York State
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Erastus Corning, II
Mayor, City of Albany
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Most Reverend Howard J. Hubbard
Bishop of Albany
Doctor of Divinity
  Father Benjamin Kuhn Doctor of Sacred Theology
1976 William J. Boland, M.D. ‘50
Pediatrician
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Sister Serena Branson, D.C.
Executive Director, Diocesan Office for Health and Social Services
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Colin W. Getz
Vice President – Upstate, New York Telephone Company
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Alfonso J. Marcelle
President, Callanan Industries
Doctor of Humane Letters
1975 Honorable Domenick L. Gabrielli
Associate Justice, New York State Court of Appeals
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Vincent J. Schaefer, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Maureen Stapleton
Actress, Former Siena Student
Doctor of Humane Letters
1974 Right Reverend Allen Brown Doctor of Humane Letters
  Dr. Ewert H. Cousins Doctor of Humane Letters
  Melissa Hayden
Former Principal, New York City Ballet
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Rabbi Herman Kieval Doctor of Humane Letters
  Honorable William K. Sanford
Supervisor, Town of Colonie
Doctor of Humane Letters
  William H. St. Thomas
President, St. Thomas, Inc.
Gloversville, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Katharine McCloskey Wilson
First Lady of the Empire State
Doctor of Humane Letters
1973 Ernest L. Boyer
Chancellor, The State University of New York
Albany, New York
Doctor of Letters
  Cornelius W. Owens
Executive Vice President, American Telephone and Telegraph Company
New York, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Sister Bernetta Quinn, O.S.F.
Biographer and Literary Critic, Allen University
Columbia, South Carolina
Doctor of Letters
  William L. Pfeiffer
Chairman of the Board, Albany Savings Bank
Albany, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
1972 Madame Licia Albanese
Soprano, Metropolitan Opera Company
New York, New York
Doctor of Fine Arts
  Honorable Perry B. Duryea, Jr.
Speaker, New York State Assembly
Montauk, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Harry D. Yates
President, Dutch Village
Menands, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
1971 Theodore M. Black
Regent of the University of the State of New York
Sands Point, New York
Doctor of Letters
  Granville Hicks
Novelist, Essayist and Critic
Grafton, New York
Doctor of Letters
  Edward Villella
A principal with the New York City Ballet
New York, New York
Doctor of Fine Arts
1970 Honorable Earl W. Brydges
Senate Majority Leader, New York State Senate
Albany, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Peter D. Kiernan
President, Rose & Kiernan
Albany, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
  George E. O’Connor, Sr.
President, Mohawk Fine Paper Mills, Inc.
Cohoes, New York
Doctor of Law
  Mother M. Angeline Teresa, O.Carm.
Superioress General, Carmelite Sisters
Avila-on-the-Hudson, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
1969 Most Reverend Edwin B. Broderick, D.D.
Bishop of Albany
Doctor of Letters
  George W. Foy
Attorney
Albany, New York
Doctor of Laws
  William A. Toomey, Jr. ‘53
Attorney
Albany, New York
Doctor of Laws
1968 Hollis E. Harrington
President, State Bank of Albany
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Harold C. Martin
President, Union College and University
Doctor of Letters
  Francis W. McGinley
Regent, State of New York
Doctor of Laws
  Eustace Smith, O.F.M., D.D.
Apostolic Vicar
Beirut, Lebanon
Doctor of Humane Letters
1967 Honorable Dominick V. Cerrito
Justice, Supreme Court, State of New York
Doctor of Laws
  Honorable Arthur Levitt
Comptroller, State of New York
Doctor of Laws
  William H. Mulligan
Dean, School of Law, Fordham University
Doctor of Humane Letters
1966 Louis J. DeRusso, M.D.
Physician
Albany, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Clifton C. Flather
Administrative Director, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York
Elsmere, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
  John J. Meng
President, Hunter College, City University of New York
Doctor of Letters
1965 Ernest F. Barvoets
President, Williams Press, Inc.
Menands, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Joseph J. Casey
Attorney
Albany, New York
Doctor of Laws
  William R. Consedine
Director, Legal Department, National Catholic Welfare Conference
Washington D.C.
Doctor of Laws
  Rudolph R. DelGiacco, M.D.
Director of Education, St. Peter’s Hospital
Albany, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
1964 Lawrence H. Cooke
Monticello, New York
Doctor of Laws
  Eugene P. Devine
Albany, New Yokr
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Right Reverend Monsignor Joseph T. Ryan
New York, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
1963 Honorable Joseph P. Molinari, Jr.
Oneonta, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Francis J. O’Brien
Albany, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
1962 Charles C. MacClosky ‘40
Los Angeles, California
Doctor of Humane Letters
  John W. Park
Albany, New York
Doctor of Laws
  James J. Reynolds
Washington, D.C.
Doctor of Laws
  John J. Warren
Albany, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
1961 Honorable Walter J. Mahoney
Majority Leader, New York State Senate
Buffalo, New York
Doctor of Laws
  Honorable Leo W. O’Brien
U.S. House of Representatives
Albany, New York
Doctor of Laws
  Edward J. O’Neill
Lt. Gen., U.S.A., Commanding First Army
Governors Island, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Eugene S. Robb
Publisher, Times-Union and Knickerbocker News
Albany, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
1960 Arthur P. Irving
President & Treasurer, The Glens Falls Post Company
Glens Falls, New York
Doctor of Letters
  Frank W. McCabe
President, The National Commercial Bank and Trust Company
Albany, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Honorable Keith S. McHugh
Commissioner of Commerce, State of New York
Albany, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Frank L. York
President & Publisher, The Record Newspapers
Troy, New York
Doctor of Letters
1959 Pierre Rizzi Bretey
Partner, Hayden Stone and Company
New York, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Edward S. Rooney
President, First Trust Company
Albany, New York
Doctor of Laws
  Sister Catherine Francis Soulier, C.S.J.
President, The College of St. Rose
Albany, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Honorable Malcolm Wilson
Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York
Albany, New York
Doctor of Laws
1958 James E. Cushing
Schenectady, New York
Doctor of Laws
  William S. Ginn
Schenectady, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
  John J. Mackrell
Troy, New York
Doctor of Laws
  Charles A. Simmons, Sr.
Albany, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
1957 John English, Sr.
Schenectady, New York
Doctor of Laws
  Vincent J. Malone, Esq.
New York, New York
Doctor of Laws
  Reverend Dominic J. Ottaviano
Gloversville, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Frank M. Sulzman, M.D.
Troy, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
1956 Honorable Daniel Gutman, LL.B.
Counsel to the Governor of the State of New York
Albany, New York
Doctor of Laws
  Honorable Charles J. Tobin, Jr., LL.B.
Secretary to the New York State Catholic Welfare Committee
Albany, New York
Doctor of Laws
1955 Very Reverend Victor G. Bucher, O.F.M.
Visitor General of the Order of Friars Minor Holy Name Province,
Pastor of Saint Mary’s Parish and
Superintendent of Saint Mary’s High and Elementary Schools

Phoenix, Arizona
Doctor of Letters
  John L. Madden, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery in the New York Medical College,
Director, Department of Surgery, St. Clare’s Hospital

New York, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Right Reverend Monsignor Edward J. Maginn
Vicar General of the Diocese of Albany,
Pastor of the Church of St. Vincent DePaul and
Principal of Vincentian Institute

Albany, New York
Doctor of Laws
1954 Mark F. Hughes, A.B., LL.B, K.M.
Attorney at Law
New York, New York
Doctor of Laws
  Reverend Thomas G. Mulqeen, A.B., S.T.D.
Principal of Catholic Central High School
Troy, New York
Doctor of Letters
  Laura Moriarty Whitfield, A.B., A.M.
Member of the New York State Board of Social Welfare
Albany, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Reverend Brother Alexius Victor, F.S.C., Ph.D.
Provincial of the New York-New England Province of the
Institute of the Brother of the Christian Schools

New York, New York
Doctor of Letters
1953 Honorably Alexander J. Allan, Jr.
Regent of the University of the State of New York
Doctor of Letters
  Honorable Edward N. Scheiberling
Member of the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York
Doctor of Laws
1952 Reverend Mansueto Kohnen, O.F.M.
Professor of Germanic Literature, Pontifical Catholic University
Rio de Janeiro
Doctor of Letters
  Reverend Brother Jerome Roese, O.S.F.
Dean, St. Francis College
Brooklyn, New York
Doctor of Laws
  Arthur J. Wallingford, M.D.
Professor & Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Albany Medical College
Doctor of Laws
  Reverend Bernard Voght, O.F.M., Ph.D.
Prefect of Studies, Holy Name Province
Doctor of Letters
1951 Reverend Alvin Hughes, O.F.M.
Professor of Mathematics, St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Very Reverend Cassian Kirk, O.F.M.
Rector, St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary
Doctor of Letters
  Honorable Daniel B. Lynch
Consultant Physician, Siena College
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Reverend Adrian McGonnell, O.F.M.
Professor of the Sciences, and past Prefect
St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary
Doctor of Laws
  Honorable J. Howard McGrath
Member of the Presidential Cabinet, Attorney General
Doctor of Laws
  Honorable Lewis A. Wilson
Commissioner of Education of the State of New York and
President of the University of the State of New York
Doctor of Letters
1950 Horace Field Doctor of Humane Letters
  Honorable Patrick F. Scanlon, K.S.G.
Managing Editor, The Tablet
Brooklyn, New York
Doctor of Humane Letters
  Reverend Valentine Long, O.F.M.
Professor of English, Siena College
Member of the Board of Trustees
Doctor of Letters
  Reverend Callistus Smith, O.F.M.
Professor of Canon Law, Christ the King Seminary
St. Bonaventure, New York
Member of the Board of Trustees
Doctor of Laws
1949 Honorable Francis Bergan ‘46
Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division
Doctor of Laws
  Very Reverend Bertrand J. Campbell, O.F.M.
Minister Provincial, Province of the Most Holy Name, Order of Friars Minor
Doctor of Letters
1948 Very Reverend Mathias Faust, O.F.M.
Procurator General of the Order of Friars Minor
Rome, Italy
Doctor of Laws
  Honorable John T. Loughran
Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of the State of New York
Doctor of Laws
1947 Major General Thomas F. Farrell
Chief Engineer, Department of Public Works of the State of New York
Doctor of Laws