The 2018 Graduation formed part of the University’s Leading Women Campaign, which celebrates 150 years since the University of London opened is ‘Special Examinations for Women’ in 1868. Ten years later, this led to the University opening up full degrees for women. In both instances, the University of London was first to do so in the UK.
Honorary degrees were awarded to two extraordinary women, who have achieved firsts in their respective fields. Dr Rabia Bhuiyan received an Honorary Doctor of Laws for her work as an advocate for women’s rights in Bangladesh and internationally, and Professor Susan Dev OBE received an Honorary Doctor of Science for her distinguished career at the London School of Economics, where she was the first female Professor of Accounting in the UK.
The 2016 London Graduation Ceremony was held on Tuesday 8 March 2016 at the Barbican Centre, London.
The Princess Royal presented Honorary Doctor of Science degrees to Dr Lee Kwok Cheong, CEO of SIM Global Education, and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dr Rolph Payet FGRS, Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.
The 2014 London Graduation Ceremony was held on Wednesday 5 March 2014 at the Barbican Centre, London.
An Honorary Doctorate of Literature was awarded to Harry Patterson, the globally successful author, whose 85 novels in total have sold over 150 million copies, and have been translated into 55 languages.
The morning ceremony began with a speech from the Chancellor, Her Royal Highness (HRH) The Princess Royal, who congratulated graduates on their achievements.
A number of representatives from teaching institutions also attended, including Dr John Cribbin, School Secretary & Registrar for HKU SPACE, and Julie Noone, Head of Kaplan Business School.
The most enjoyable thing was in seeing such a wide range of nationalities involved at the ceremony, truly a global array of students, as well as the evident delight of the graduates in being presented for their degrees. It certainly felt like a happy occasion.