Former Honorary Degree Recipients

​​​​​Syrian Protestant College (1866-1920)
American University of Beirut (1920-)

2018​​​
Isabelle Yasmina Adjani
Doctorate in Humane Letters
Ali Fakhro
Doctorate in Humane Letters
George Helou
Doctorate in Humane Letters
Howard Koh Doctorate in Humane Letters
Nemat ShafikDoctorate in Humane Letters

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2017​​
Huda Akil, ​highly-cited Syrian neuroscientist and mentor
Doctor of Humane Letters
Mouna Haraoui, former first lady of Lebanon​; education, public health, and human rights advocate
Doctor of Humane Letters
Simon Shaheen, award-winning Palestinian-American composer; oud and violin virtuoso
Doctor of Humane Letters
Ahdaf Soueif​​, Egyptian novelist, journalist, and activist
​Doctor of Humane Letters​
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2016
Nadine Labaki, award-winning film maker and actorDoctor of Humane Letters
Nassim Taleb, best-selling author and risk specialist
Doctor of Humane Letters
Dr. Samir Zard, radical chemist; co-author of Barton-Zard reaction for synthesis of pyrroles
Doctor of Humane Letters

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2015
Ismail Serageldin, Egyptian author and public intellectual; founding director of the Bibliotheca AlexandrinaDoctor of Humane Letters
Peter Sellars, US opera, theater, and film director
Doctor of Humane Letters



2014
Saloua Raouda Choucair, sculptor, painter, abstract artist
Doctor of Humane Letters
Samih Darwazah, entrepreneur, and corporate leader; founder of Hikma Pharmaceuticals; AUB trustee emeritus
Doctor of Humane Letters
Yusuf Hannun, molecular biologist and clinician; director of Stony Brook University Cancer CenterDoctor of Humane Letters


2013
Noam Chomsky, American linguist, philosopher, professor, and social criticDoctor of Humane Letters
Charles Elachi, Lebanese-American planetary scientist and electrical engineerDoctor of Humane Letters
Faten Hamama, multi-award-winning Egyptian film star and producerDoctor of Humane Letters
Ray R. Irani, Lebanese-American business leader, AUB trustee emeritusDoctor of Humane Letters


2012
Wadad A. Kadi, University of Chicago professor and scholar of Islamic studies
Doctor of Humane Letters
Munib R. Masri, Palestinian entrepreneur, philanthropist, AUB trustee emeritus
Doctor of Humane Letters
Donna E. Shalala, public servant in government, teaching, and academic administration, University of Miami presidentDoctor of Humane Letters


2011
Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human RightsDoctor of Humane Letters
Marcel Khalife, Lebanese musician, oudist, singer, song writer, composer, teacher, and writer
Doctor of Humane Letters
Owen Gingerich, American astronomer and history of science professor
Doctor of Humane Letters
Mostafa El-Sayed, leading Egyptian-American physical chemist and ​nanoscience researcher
Doctor of Humane Letters
Anthony Shadid, Lebanese-American Middle East correspondent; New York Times bureau chief in Beirut
Doctor of Humane Letters


2010
Walid Khalidi, Palestinain historian of the ​nakba; founder of the Institute for Palestine Studies in Beirut 
Doctor of Humane Letters
Eric Rouleau, French journalist, writer, and diplomat, specializing in the Middle  East 
Doctor of Humane Letters
Dourade Al Lahham, leading Syrian comedian, actor, and directorDoctor of Humane Letters


2009
Thomas Q. Morris, AUB trustee since 1985, Chair of the Board of Trustees in 2005-09Doctor of Humane Letters
Abdlatif Al-Hamad, Kuwaiti economist; chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arab Fund for Economic Development
Doctor of Humane Letters
Farouk El Baz, Egyptian researcher in remote sensing; chaired the Astronaut Training Group for the Apollo Space Program
Doctor of Humane Letters
Majida El Roumi, Lebanese singer and human rights activist
Doctor of Humane Letters
Elias Zerhouni,  world-renowned Algerian radiologistDoctor of Humane Letters
2008
Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian academic and politician; member of the Palestinian Legislative Council.
Doctor of Humane Letters
Mona Hatoum, Beirut-born Palestinian avant garde artist Doctor of Humane Letters
Irene Khan, Bengali-born international human rights and refugee advocate
Doctor of Humane Letters
Georges Tohme, Lebanese scientist and ecologist
Doctor of Humane Letters
Orhan Pamuk, Nobel Prize-winning Turkish novelistDoctor of Humane Letters
John Waterbury, scholar, AUB President 1998-2008Doctor of Humane Letters
2007
Adonis (Ali Ahmad Said), Syrian-Lebanese poetDoctor of Humane Letters
Youssef Chahine, Egyptian director; pioneer of Arab cinema
Doctor of Humane Letters
Andre Raymond, Middle Eastern historian; authority on Arab Cities and the Ottoman Empire
Doctor of Humane Letters
Charles Hostler, former US ambassador (awarded on a visit to dedicate the Charles Hostler Student Center)
Doctor of Humane Letters
2006
Nasser Al Kharafi, president of the Kuwaiti business conglomerate M.A. Kharafi GroupDoctor of Humane Letters
Robert Fisk, internationally renowned journalist covering Lebanon and the Middle East
Doctor of Humane Letters
Zaha Hadid, Iraqi-born British architect​; winner of the prestigious
Pritzker and Stirling prizes
Doctor of Humane Letters
Said Khoury, president of the Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International (CCC)Doctor of Humane Letters
Muhammad Yunus, Bangladeshi father microcredit and Grameen Bank founder (also awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 2006)
Doctor of Humane Letters
2005
The Aga​ Khan, spiritual leader, philanthropist
Doctor of Humane Letters
Richard A. Debs, banker, philanthropist; AUB board chair emeritus
Doctor of Humane Letters
Fairuz, enduring symbol of Arabic and Lebanese song
Doctor of Humane Letters
Ghassan Tueni, Lebanese journalist, politician, diplomat, and educator; editor-in-chief, Annahar newspaper
Doctor of Humane Letters
Ahmed Zewail, Nobel Prize-winning chemist
Doctor of Humane Letters
2004
Sir Michael Atiyah, English mathematician; president of the Royal Society
Doctor of Humane Letters
Vartan Gregorian, educator, philanthropist; president of Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Doctor of Humane Letters
Peter Jennings, Murrow Award-winning journalist; anchor for ABC's World News Tonight
Doctor of Humane Letters
Yo-Yo Ma, cellist; hailed among the greatest musicians of his age
Doctor of Humane Letters
2003
Lakhdar Brahimi, Algerian diplomat; UN peace negotiator
Doctor of Humane Letters
Carlos Ghosn, Brazilian-born automotive industry leader; chairman and CEO of Renault Group 
Doctor of Humane Letters
Amin Maalouf, award-winning Lebanese-born French author Doctor of Humane Letters
Hasib Sabbagh, Palestinian businessman, activist and philanthropist; established ​Consolidated Contractors Company 

Doctor of Humane Letters
Edward Said, professor of literature at Columbia University and renowed Palestinian public intellectual
Doctor of Humane Letters
Helen Thomas, first lady of the White House press corps
Doctor of Humane Letters
1969
Philip K. Hitti (BA, 1908), historian, professor; father of Arab Studies in the US
Doctor of Humane Letters
1966
Bayard Dodge, Islamic scholar​ and third president of AUBDoctor of Letters
1920
Harvey Porter, professor and SPC college librarian from 1880​
Doctor of Divinity
Najib M. Salibi (BA, 1888), surgeon
Doctor of Science
1916
Daniel Bliss, first president, SPC
Doctor of Laws
D. Stewart Dodge, professor, SPC trusteeDoctor of Laws
1914
Murad Barudi (BA, 1874; PhM, 1879), archaeologistMaster of Arts
1910
Akhnukh Fanus (BA, 1874), Egyptian writer and politician; president of Asyut Higher CouncilDoctor of Laws
Shukri A. Kassab (BA, 1899), assistant librarian of SPC
Master of Arts
1901
Jabr Dumit (BA, 1876), professor, writer, and literary critic
Master of Arts
1890
Faris Nimr (BA, 1874), Arabic professor; head of the Lee Observatory at SPC
Doctor of Philosophy
Yakub Saruf (BA, 1870), professor, editor; member of the first SPC graduating class
Doctor of Philosophy