An honorary degree is one of higher education's most significant accolades. Each year, following very careful consideration, the University bestows a number of honorary degrees on distinguished individuals who merit special recognition for outstanding achievement and distinction in a field or activity consonant with the mission of the University. The people concerned receive their degrees at one of the two degree congregations held in January and July of each year in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building. During the ceremony an oration is delivered in commendation of each Honorary Graduand.
The awarding of an honorary degree to an individual is recommended by the Honorary Degrees Committee and approved by Senate and Council.
Honorary Degrees - February 2016
Tuesday 16 February
- 11.15 am ceremony: Alastair Matchett, guest speaker
- 2.30 pm ceremony: John Partridge (orator: Dr Laura Dickinson)
Wednesday 17 February
- 11.15 am ceremony: Alfred Brendel (orator: Professor Katharine Ellis)
- 2.30 pm ceremony: James Blunt (orator: Max Austin)
Thursday 18 February
- 11.15 am ceremony: Simon King (orator: Professor Gareth Jones)
- 2.30 pm ceremony: Professor Dame Teresa Rees (orator: Professor Guy Orpen)
Most recent honorary graduates
July 2015 Graduation