An honorary degree, which is conferred jointly by the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees and California State University Channel Islands (CI), is the highest honor the University can bestow. Such degrees are conferred upon individuals who are highly accomplished in their chosen fields and have consistently demonstrated exceptional moral character as well as intellectual and humane values that are consistent with CSU’s ideals.


  • Mark Lisagor
    Doctorate of Humane Letters
    May 21, 2016

  • Sara Miller McCune
    Doctorate of Humane Letters
    May 14, 2016

  • William "Bill" Kearney
    Doctorate of Humane Letters
    May 16, 2015

  • Lou Cannon
    Doctorate of Humane Letters
    May 18, 2013

  • Henry L. “Hank” Lacayo
    Doctorate of Humane Letters
    May 19, 2012

  • Kathy Marie Ireland
    Doctorate of Humane Letters
    May 19, 2012

  • Jack O’Connell
    Doctorate of Humane Letters
    May 21, 2011 

  • Robert J. Lagomarsino
    Doctorate of Laws
    May 21, 2005

  • John Spoor Broome
    Doctorate of Humane Letters
    May 21, 2005