Formula One legend Sir Jackie Stewart made a pitstop in St Andrews today (Thursday 27 November 2008) to receive an honorary degree.
Sir Jackie was made a Doctor of Science (D.Sc) by the University of St Andrews during the traditional St Andrew’s Day graduation ceremony.
Three times winner of the World Driving Championship and known as `The Flying Scot’, Dumbarton-born Sir Jackie’s Formula One achievements still place him among the top five drivers of all time.
Since entering the world of motor sport in 1962, the former mechanic competed against some of the great names of Grand Prix legend, crafting a reputation and a racing record that would stand for 14 years.
Sir Jackie, recognised by many as the first truly modern professional racing driver, was honoured alongside former University Rector Simon Pepper (Doctor of Laws) and the artist Dr Barbara Rae (Doctor of Literature) during the morning ceremony.
Responding to his award, Sir Jackie congratulated all the graduands for their hard work and success in achieving their degrees in such a historic university and special part of Scotland.
He said, “I am thrilled and flattered to receive this honorary degree from the University of St Andrews. As a Scot, it makes me very proud. It’s a great honour for somebody like me who’s had only a small amount of education.”
During the afternoon ceremony, the University’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor Dr Brian Lang was awarded an honorary degree (Doctor of Laws) alongside Bridget McConnell (Doctor of Literature).
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