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Winter graduation celebrations

‌Over 900 students from across the world gathered at the University of St Andrews this week (7 and 8 December) for winter graduations.

Graduands from Scotland, China, Nigeria, Germany and the USA, to name just a few countries, received their academic awards in the Younger Hall on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December.

Among the graduates was Dr David Weekes (pictured right), who at the age of 83 was the first octogenarian PhD graduate from the University of St Andrews for ten years. His success shows that it is never too late to embark on a St Andrews degree.



It was a double celebration for one family: father and daughter graduates Richard and Catriona Bide (pictured left) received their Masters degrees on Friday 8 December. Richard graduated with a Masters in Philosophy and Catriona with a Masters in History at the same ceremony.



Three leading figures from the worlds of science and political theory were also honoured by the University during winter graduation. Professor Dame Sue Black OBE, Director of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification and the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee, was honoured alongside Professor Michael Ferguson CBE, Regius Professor of Life Sciences and Academic Lead for Research Strategy, School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee.

On Friday 8 December, Professor Roger Smith, world-renowned political theorist and genocide scholar and Emeritus Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, received an Honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt).

A special award of honorary degrees were conferred on two former members of staff with a combined total of 81 years’ service to the University. Aileen Colford and Donna James worked in the graduation office at the University of St Andrews for 41 and 40 years respectively.

Thursday 7 December 10.30am Professor Dame Sue Black OBE ­– forensic anthropologist and an anatomist who has worked nationally and internationally on crimes associated with wars, murders, dismemberments and the abuse of children.

Thursday 7 December 10.30am 
Professor Michael Ferguson CBE – his research focusses on understanding the biochemistry of protozoan parasites that cause tropical diseases. He established the Drug Discovery Unit at the University of Dundee and led the construction of the Discovery Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research, which he directs. He is also Director of the Dundee Proteomics Facility.

Friday 8 December 10.30am 
Professor Roger W Smith – world-renowned political theorist and genocide scholar and founding member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.

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