Honorary degrees

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 February 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 Board of Trustees.

February 2020 honorary graduates

These will be annouced shortly.

July 2019 honorary graduates

Audio recordings of the orations for each of the honorary graduates below is available on the University's Soundcloud.

Friday 19 July:

10.30 am - Professor Howard Wheater FRSC FREng
1.30 pm - Gary V Mabbut MBE
4.00 pm - Gillian Guy, CBE

Monday 22 July:

10.30 am - Professor Peter Landrock
1.30 pm - Lisa Johnson
4.00 pm - Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng PhD(Wits) MASSAf GCOB FAAS

Tuesday 23 July:

10.30 am - Sam Smith
1.30 pm - Professor Cindy Fan
4.00 pm - Dame Clare Marx DBE DL FRCS

Wednesday 24 July:

10.30 am - Professor Alan Baddeley
1.30 pm - Dr Julie Maxton
4.00 pm - Professor Diane Coyle CBE FAcSS

Thursday 25 July:

10.30 am - guest speaker (Professor Debbie Lawlor)
1.30 pm - Christiana Figueres
4.00 pm - Kalpna Woolf

Friday 26 July:

10.30 am - guest speaker (Professor Patrick Finglass)
1.30 pm - Emma Stibbon RA
4.00 pm - Emeritus Professor John Scott FAHA

Previous honorary graduates

Details of previous honorary graduates are available.

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