Sharp Rise in Honorary Degree Awards to Blacks From the Nation’s Highest-Ranked Universities

In the spring of 2007, 25 honorary degrees were awarded to blacks from the nation’s 30 highest-ranked universities. In 2006 these 30 high-ranking universities bestowed 13 honorary degrees on blacks.

Brown University gave honorary degrees to three blacks this year. Among the high-ranking universities, Harvard University, Princeton University, Tufts University, Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Notre Dame each gave honorary degree to two black scholars.