Over 1900 students from across the world will gather at the University of St Andrews this June for summer graduations, which will also see five distinguished individuals honoured.
Graduates from 80 different countries including Scotland, China, Nigeria, Germany and the USA, to name just a few, will receive their academic awards in the Younger Hall from Tuesday 26 June to Friday 29 June 2018.
Leading figures from the worlds of science, literature and politics will also be honoured by the University during summer graduation.
Former Rector of the University of St Andrews, Catherine Stihler MEP will be awarded an honorary degree on Thursday 28 June. Catherine was the University’s 52nd Rector and only the second female to hold the prestigious position.
Others to be honoured include: Jenny Brown, the founder Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival; world-renowned bioorganic chemistry expert, Professor Satoshi Ōmura from the Kitasato Institute, Japan; Dr Rita Gardner, former Director of the Royal Geographical Society and Sir John Savill, Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.
The full list of recipients is as follows:
Tuesday 26 June 10.30am Jenny Brown – founder Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival and one of the four founders of Edinburgh’s designation as first UNESCO City of Literature.
Wednesday 27 June 10.30am Professor Satoshi Ōmura – widely recognised as a global expert in the field of bioorganic chemistry, particularly for the discovery, development, biosynthesis and manipulation of useful chemicals derived from naturally occurring microorganisms.
Wednesday 27 June 2pm Dr Rita Gardner – Former Director of the Royal Geographical Society, the world’s foremost geographical society. She served as an advisor for geography to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills and remains actively engaged with the Department for Education on geography curriculum matters
Thursday 28 June 2pm Catherine Stihler MEP – Has represented Scotland in the European Parliament since 1999 and was the University’s 52nd Rector, only the second female to hold the prestigious position.
Friday 29 June 10.30am Professor Sir John Savill – A clinician-scientist distinguished for his insights into the molecular processes of inflammation, Sir John Savill is Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.
To find out more about this summer’s honorands visit the University graduation webpages.
Watch our graduation ceremonies live online.
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