26 years of speeches by His Highness the Aga Khan to Western educational institutions

Eighteen years ago, His Highness the Aga Khan delivered Brown University’s (Providence, USA) 1996 Commencement Ceremony, becoming the first Muslim to deliver the address in the university’s then 232 year history. Next week, on 10 March 2014, as part of Brown’s 250th anniversary celebrations, the Aga Khan will return to Brown to deliver the 88th Stephen A. Ogden, Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture.

To commemorate the event, the NanoWisdoms Archive is pleased to present 54 years of recognition of the Aga Khan by Western educational institutions. Of the 47 honorary doctorates awarded to him and speeches he has been invited to deliver at educational institutions, 30 were at Western institutions.


  • 2013 – Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Letters, Trinity College, University of Toronto (Canada)
  • 2012 – Honorary Doctorate, University of Ottawa (Canada)
  • 2011 – University of California San Francisco Medal (USA)
  • 2009 – Honorary Doctorate of Divinity, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
  • 2009 – Honorary Doctorate of Law, University of Alberta (Canada)
  • 2008 – Honorary Doctorate of Laws, National University of Ireland, Maynooth (Ireland)
  • 2008 – Honorary Doctorate of Law, Harvard University (USA)
  • 2006 – Honorary Doctorate, University of Évora (Portugal)
  • 2004 – Honorary Doctorate of Law, University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (Canada)
  • 1996 – Honorary Doctorate of Law, Brown University (USA)
  • 1993 – Honorary Doctorate of Law, University of Wales (United Kingdom)
  • 1989 – Honorary Doctorate of Literature in Education, University of London, Logan Hall (United Kingdom)
  • 1987 – Honorary Doctorate of Law, McMaster University (Canada)
  • 1983 – Honorary Doctorate of Law, McGill University (Canada)


2014 – 88th Stephen A. Ogden, Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs and apres lecture conversation with Christina Paxson, Brown University (Providence, USA)

2012 – Acceptance Address – Honorary Doctorate, University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Canada)

2011 – Acceptance Remarks – 2011 University of California San Francisco Medal (San Francisco, USA)

2009 – University of Alberta Graduation Ceremony (Edmonton, Canada)

2009 – Acceptance Address – Investiture as a Foreign Member, Class of Humanities, Academy of Sciences of Lisbon (Lisbon, Portugal)

2008 – The Peterson Lecture at the Annual Meeting of the International Baccalaureate (Atlanta, USA)

2007 – Masters of Public Affairs Programme, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), Graduation Ceremony (Paris, France)

2006 – School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, Commencement Ceremony (New York, USA)

2006 – Address to the Evora University Symposium (Evora, Portugal)

2004 – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Convocation Ceremony (Toronto, Canada)

2001 – Association of American Universities Centenary Celebration (Washington D.C., USA)

1996 – Brown University Commencement Ceremony (Providence, USA)

1994 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology Commencement Ceremony (Cambridge, USA)

1987 – McMaster University Convocation Ceremony (Hamilton, Canada)

1983 – Institute of Ismaili Studies and University of London’s Institute of Education joint Graduation/Award Ceremony (London, United Kingdom)

1962 – Address to the Royal Commonwealth Society at the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, United Kingdom)

1960 – Lecture at the University of Oxford under the auspices of the Royal Commonwealth Society (Oxford, United Kingdom)