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Lord Robertson to be awarded honorary degree

The Secretary General of NATO, The Rt Hon Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, is to be awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of St Andrews later this month (Friday 28th November 2003).

He will be awarded the honour following his delivery of the special St Andrews International lecture, held at the University every year to coincide with St Andrew’s Day. The topic of the lecture will be “Can NATO Make the World Safer?”.

Lord Robertson is the 10th Secretary General of NATO and is a former British Defence Secretary. He will stand down from his current role next month after four years in office. Last week President George Bush bestowed upon him America’s highest civilian honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, at a ceremony at the White House.

Lord Robertson will be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws in recognition of his significant achievements nationally and internationally.

Dr Brian Lang, Principal and Vice- Chancellor of the University said:

“The University of St Andrews is very pleased to honour a prominent Scot who has played a major role in recent world events. We are also pleased to have the opportunity to hear direct from the Secretary General of NATO, his views on the current state of world security.”

The St Andrew’s Day graduation ceremony will take place on the afternoon of Friday 28th November, and Lord Robertson will receive his LLD degree following his evening lecture.

During the afternoon ceremony, three other prominent Scots will be awarded honorary degrees: renowned fiddler Aly Bain, The Right Hon. Lady Cosgrove, Senator of the College of Justice and the Very Reverend Iain Gilleasbuig MacMillan, Minister of St Giles’, the High Kirk of Edinburgh.

The St Andrews International Lecture by Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, Secretary General of NATO, will be given on Friday 28th November 2003 at 7.30 p.m. in the Younger Hall, St Andrews.

A limited number of tickets are available to members of the public and admission is free of charge. To reserve a ticket please contact Joyce Scott by e-mail – js10@st- andrews.ac.uk or by post to Joyce Scott, Registry, University of St Andrews, 79 North Street, St Andrews no later than Friday 21st November 2003. Admission will be by ticket only.

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Issued by Beattie Media On behalf of the University of St Andrews Contact Gayle Cook on 01334 467227, mobile 07900 050103, or email gec3@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: Robertson degree announcement 181103 View the latest University news at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk

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