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 2017 honorary graduates are:

Founder of the Leeds Triathlon Centre Dr Malcolm Brown
Honorary Doctor of Laws

Gold medal winning paralympic rower Grace Clough
Honorary Doctor of Laws

Alzheimer's disease researcher Professor John Hardy
Honorary Doctor of Science

Comedian Barry Cryer
Honorary Doctor of Letters

Conductor Richard Farnes
Honorary Doctor of Music

Facebook Vice President for Europe Lady Nicola Mendelsohn
Honorary Doctor of Laws

Author Helen Rappaport
Honorary Doctor of Letters

Astronomer Royal Professor Martin Rees (Baron Rees of Ludlow)
Honorary Doctor of Science

Chief Executive and President of the Institute of Cancer Research Professor Paul Workman
Honorary Doctor of Science

Professor of rehabilitation medicine Anne Chamberlain
Honorary Doctor of Science 

Gold medal winning paralympic hand-cyclist Dr Karen Darke
Honorary Doctor of Laws

Founder member of the Disability Rights Commission Colin Low (Baron Low of Dalston)
Honorary Doctor of Laws

Chief Race Engineer for the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team Dr Andrew Shovlin
Honorary Doctor of Science (Engineering)