Commemoration Day 2015

This year’s annual Commemoration Day, which celebrates the foundation of the University of Glasgow in 1451, will be held on Wednesday 17 June.

Seven people from across the globe will be awarded honorary degrees with awardees from Britain, Dominica, China, Austria, Canada and Uganda. The group covers the areas of law, business, health, politics, science and education.

Honorary degrees will be presented to the following people:   

Doctor of Laws (lld)

The Rt Hon. Baroness Scotland of Asthal, PC, QC
Lawyer and Politician

Doctor of Science (DSc)

Dr Gerald Chan
Co-Founded Morningside Foundation

Professor Hermann Hauser
Co-founder and partner of Amadeus Capital Partners,

Professor Sir Peter Knight FRS
Prominent and influential Scientist

Mr Andrew Robertson
Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Doctor of the University (DUniv)

Professor Suzanne Fortier
Principal of McGill University Montreal, Canada

Dr Frank Mugisha
Executive Director of Sexual Minorities, Uganda

Commemoration Day events will include:

Event Venue Time
Service for the Commemoration of Benefactors  University Chapel 9.45am
Graduation Ceremony for the conferment of Honorary Degrees   Bute Hall 11.00am
Commemoration Day lunch Hunter Halls 1.00pm

University staff and a guest(s) are warmly invited to attend one, two or all three of the above events on Wednesday 17 June 2015.

You are also invited to join the academic procession at either or both the Service and the Graduation Ceremony.

If you would like to attend any or all of these events, please complete the Booking Form.

Deadline: Friday 22 May

Gowns can be hired free of charge for staff wishing to take part in the academic procession, but the order must be placed by 15 May 2015. For gown hire, please email  with details about Height, Awarding University and Degree Awarded.

First published: 27 April 2015

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