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 Graduands for January 2014
Tuesday 28 January
- Morning ceremony: Ms Jasmine Whitbread (Orator, Mr Bill Ray)
- Afternoon ceremony: Mr Andrew Shore (Orator, Professor Katharine Ellis)
Wednesday 29 January
- Morning ceremony: Professor Steven Kay (Orator, Professor Leo Brady)
- Afternoon ceremony: Dr Jacqueline Cornish (Orator, Dr Esther Crawley)
Thursday 30 January
- Morning ceremony: General Charles Bolden (Orator, Professor Nick Lieven)
- Afternoon ceremony: Sir David Carter (Orator, Professor Ros Sutherland)
July 2013 Graduation