Honorary graduates

Since 1904 we have conferred honorary awards on a host of individuals from the worlds of science, art, academia, industry, politics, medicine, entertainment and many other fields.

Download our list of previous honorary graduates

Our Summer 2015 honorary graduates are:

Literary translator Margaret Jull Costa
Honorary Doctor of Letters

Biomolecular scientist Professor Howard Morris
Honorary Doctor of Science

Poet, playwright and prose writer Professor Simon Armitage
Honorary Doctor of Letters

International Chief of Staff for Goldman Sachs Michelle Pinggera
Honorary Doctor of Laws

Chair of the Leeds West Indian Carnival Arthur France
Honorary Doctor of Laws

Mechanical engineer Professor Dame Ann Dowling
Honorary Doctor of Science (Engineering)

Diabetologist Professor Sir John Tooke
Honorary Doctor of Science

Plant Scientist and Geneticist Sir David Baulcombe
Honorary Doctor of Science

Olympic boxer Nicola Adams
Honorary Doctor of Laws

Commissioner of Transport for London Sir Peter Hendy
Honorary Doctor of Laws

Our Summer 2014 honorary graduates were:

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