Graduates and their families emerged from the Younger Hall with smiles despite the unseasonal rain during the first of this week’s graduation ceremonies (Tuesday 21 June 2011).
Taking part in the now traditional procession along North Street, the newly graduated students mingled with friends, family and teachers in St Salvator’s Quadrangle before heading off to the first of the garden parties.
Leading Philosopher Professor Peter van Inwagen received his honorary doctorate in the morning, while former judge Richard Goldstone was made a Doctor of Laws in the afternoon.
During his acceptance speech, Judge Goldstone recalled a previous visit to St Andrews in 1960 ‘during a very cold and winter’ tour with other South African leaders, saying ‘little could I have imagined that half a century later I would be receiving this honour from this wonderful first University of Scotland.’
Another honour was granted today to the recently retired University Chaplain Dr Jamie Walker, who was awarded the University Medal.