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.

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Our Summer 2018 honorary graduates were:

Concert pianist Lang Lang
Honorary Doctor of Music

Climber and adventurer Kenton Cool
Honorary Doctor of Laws

Geophysicist Professor Mary Fowler
Honorary Doctor of Science

Former BBC Weather forecaster Peter Gibbs
Honorary Doctor of Laws

Climate scientist Professor Gabriele Hegerl
Honorary Doctor of Science

Anatomist, writer and TV presenter Alice Roberts
Honorary Doctor of Science

Head of the Polar Regions Department at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Jane Rumble
Honorary Doctor of Science

Former President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England Professor Dame Clare Marx
Honorary Doctor of Medicine

President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Professor Wendy Burn
Honorary Doctor of Medicine

Documentary writer and producer David Adetayo Olusoga
Honorary Doctor of Letters

Biological scientist Professor Iain William Mattaj
Honorary Doctor of Science

Computer scientist Professor Leslie Gabriel Valiant
Honorary Doctor of Science (Engineering)

Campaigner for LGBT people's human rights the Reverend Christopher Senyonjo
Honorary Doctor of Laws

President of the Institution of Civil Engineers Professor Lord (Robert) Mair
Honorary Doctor of Science (Engineering)

Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission Dame Anne Elizabeth Owers
Honorary Doctor of Laws