Photos of 2016 Recipients

  • President Peter Salovey (seated, center) is shown with this year's honorary degree recipients: (seated, from left) Rosalie Silberman Abella, Audra McDonald, President Peter Salovey, Haruki Murakami, Alice Waters, (standing, from left) David Saperstein, Arnold Rampersad, Calvin Hill, Jennifer Doudna, and George C. Wolfe. (Photo by Joy Bush) 
  • Arnold Rampersad 
  • David Saperstein 
  • Alice Waters 
  • Rosalie Silberman Abella (left) with Arnold Rampersad (right) 
  • Calvin Hill '69 B.A. 
  • From left: Alice Waters with Rosalie Silberman Abella  
  • Rosalie Silberman Abella 
  • From left: David Saperstein with Alice Waters  
  • From left: George C. Wolfe, Jennifer Doudna, and Haruki Murakami 
  • Haruki Murakami 
  • From left: David Saperstein, Alice Waters, and Rosalie Silberman Abella 
  • From left: Rosalie Silberman Abella and Arnold Rampersad 
  • Audra McDonald 
  • George C. Wolfe 
  • From left: Calvin Hill '69 B.A. and David Saperstein 
  • Jennifer Doudna 
  • Alice Waters 
  • David Saperstein 
  • Rosalie Silberman Abella, Doctor of Laws 
  • Jennifer Doudna, Doctor of Science 
  • Calvin Hill '69 B.A., Doctor of Humane Letters 
  • Audra McDonald, Doctor of Music 
  • Haruki Murakami, Doctor of Letters 
  • Arnold Rampersad, Doctor of Humanities 
  • David Saperstein, Doctor of Divinity 
  • Alice Waters, Doctor of Humane Letters 
  • George C. Wolfe, Doctor of Fine Arts 
May 26, 2016

At its 315th Commencement, Yale awarded honorary degrees to nine individuals who have achieved distinction in their respective fields. View each candidates citation and biography.