Former Honorary Degree Recipients

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

2017​​
Huda Akil 
Doctor of Humane Letters
Mouna Haraoui 
Doctor of Humane Letters
Simon Shaheen
Doctor of Humane Letters
Ahdaf Soueif​ ​Doctor of Humane Letters​
2016
Nadine Labaki, acclaimed Lebanese film maker and actorDoctor of Humane Letters
Nassim Taleb, world-renowned risk specialist and best-selling authorDoctor of Humane Letters
Dr. Samir Zard, radical chemistry giantDoctor of Humane Letters

2015
Ismail Serageldin, humanitarian, public intellectual, author, founding director of the Bibliotheca AlexandrinaDoctor of Humane Letters
Peter Sellars, director of opera, theater, and filmDoctor of Humane Letters

2014
Saloua Raouda Choucair, Lebanese sculptor, painter, abstract artistDoctor of Humane Letters
Samih Darwazah, entrepreneur, corporate leader, public servantDoctor of Humane Letters
Yusuf Hannun, molecular biologist, 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, legendary Egyptian film actress and producerDoctor of Humane Letters
Ray R. Irani, Lebanese-American business leader, AUB trustee emeritusDoctor of Humane Letters

2012

Wadad A. Kadi, Lebanese, distinguished University of Chicago professor and scholar of Islamic studiesDoctor of Humane Letters
Munib R. Masri, Palestinian entrepreneur, philanthropist, founder and director of cultural organizationsDoctor of Humane Letters
Donna E. Shalala, public servant in government, teaching, and academic administration, University of Miami presidentDoctor of Humane Letters

2011

Mary Robinson, first woman President of the Republic of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human RightsDoctor of Humane Letters
Marcel Khalife, Lebanese musician, oudist, singer, song writer, composer, teacher, and writerDoctor of Humane Letters
Owen Gingerich, American astronomer and history of science professorDoctor of Humane Letters
Mostafa El-Sayed, internationally renowned Egyptian-American physical chemist and a leading nanoscience researcherDoctor of Humane Letters
Anthony Shadid, Lebanese-American veteran fifteen-year Middle East reporter Doctor of Humane Letters

2010

Walid Khalidi, Palestinian professorDoctor of Humane Letters
Eric Rouleau, French journalist Doctor of Humane Letters
Dourade Al Lahham, Syrian actorDoctor 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 economistDoctor of Humane Letters
Farouk El Baz, Egyptian research professor Doctor of Humane Letters
Majida El Roumi, Lebanese singerDoctor of Humane Letters
Elias Zerhouni, Algerian world renowned radiologistDoctor of Humane Letters

2008

Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian Peace ActivistDoctor of Humane Letters
Mona Hatoum, Beirut-born Palestinian artist Doctor of Humane Letters
Irene Khan, Bengali-born international human rights and refugee advocateDoctor of Humane Letters
Georges Tohme, Lebanese scientist and ecologistDoctor of Humane Letters
Orhan Pamuk, 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 film director Doctor of Humane Letters
Andre Raymond, Middle Eastern historianDoctor of Humane Letters
Charles Hostler, former ambassador, was awarded an honorary doctorate on May 3, 2007 while on a visit to dedicate the Charles Hostler Student Center which is expected to open in the fall semester 2007. Doctor of Humane Letters
2006
Nasser Al Kharafi, president of the giant Kuwaiti business conglomerate M.A. Kharafi GroupDoctor of Humane Letters
Robert Fisk, internationally renowned journalist covering Lebanon and the Middle EastDoctor of Humane Letters
Zaha Hadid, distinguished Iraqi-born architectDoctor of Humane Letters
Said Khoury, president of the Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International (CCC)Doctor of Humane Letters
Muhammad Yunus, Bangladeshi founder of the microcredit institution, Grameen BankDoctor of Humane Letters
2005
The Aga​ Khan, spiritual leader, philanthropistDoctor of Humane Letters
Richard A. Debs, banker, philanthropistDoctor of Humane Letters
Fairuz, singerDoctor of Humane Letters
Ghassan Tueni, journalistDoctor of Humane Letters
Ahmed Zewail, chemistDoctor of Humane Letters
2004
Sir Michael Atiyah, mathematician Doctor of Humane Letters
Vartan Gregorian, educator, philanthropist Doctor of Humane Letters
Peter Jennings, journalist Doctor of Humane Letters
Yo-Yo Ma, cellist Doctor of Humane Letters
2003
Lakhdar Brahimi, diplomat Doctor of Humane Letters
Carlos Ghosn, businessman Doctor of Humane Letters
Amin Maalouf, novelist Doctor of Humane Letters
Hasib Sabbagh, businessman Doctor of Humane Letters
Edward Said, professor, writer Doctor of Humane Letters
Helen Thomas, journalistDoctor of Humane Letters
1969
Philip K. Hitti (BA, 1908), historian, professorDoctor of Humane Letters
1966
Bayard Dodge, third president, AUBDoctor of Letters
1920
Harvey Porter, professorDoctor of Divinity
Najib M. Salibi (BA, 1888), surgeonDoctor of Science
1916
Daniel Bliss, first president, AUBDoctor of Laws
D. Stewart Dodge, professor, AUB trusteeDoctor of Laws
1914
Murad Barudi (BA, 1874; PhM, 1879), archaeologistMaster of Arts
1910
Akhnukh Fanus (BA, 1874), president, Asut Higher CouncilDoctor of Laws
Shukri A. Kassab (BA, 1899), assistant librarianMaster of Arts
1901
Jabr Dumit (BA, 1876), professorMaster of Arts
1890
Faris Nimr (BA, 1874), professorDoctor of Philosophy
Yakub Saruf (BA, 1870), professor, editorDoctor of Philosophy