Standing ovation for retired University Bedellus

Friday 24 June 2016


The man who has hooded over 15,000 students and honorary graduates, including The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir David Attenborough, was honoured by the University of St Andrews today.

Recently retired University Bedellus, John Jardine, was awarded the University Medal at this morning’s graduation ceremony, in recognition of his ‘outstanding service to the University’.

‌Following a twenty-five year career in the army, John joined the University in 1986 which saw him oversee the day-to-day running of the janitorial network before being promoted to Bedellus in 2007.

jardine-mainbody-3Reminiscing about the highlights of his University career, John said his proudest moment as Bedellus came in 2014 during the 600th Anniversary celebrations when he marched down the aisle of Westminster Abbey carrying the 600-year-old St Salvator’s mace – the first time one of the University mediaeval maces had ever left Scotland.

‌‌John received a standing ovation and a special note of thanks from University Chancellor Sir Menzies Campbell as he was presented with his medal, who said: “I greatly appreciate all of your service to the University, and especially to me, as Chancellor.”

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