Congregations

Honorary Ceremonies

Honorary Ceremonies

Each year the University confers Honorary Degrees upon candidates worthy of such distinction.

Due to the announcement of significant new measures designed to manage the spread of Coronavirus and the latest advice available from Public Health England, the University has taken the decision to postpone Summer 2020 graduation ceremonies.

Once the lockdown restrictions have been removed the Honorary Degrees Committee meets annually to review nominations for the award of honorary degrees.

Once consensus is reached, the Committee submit recommendations to Senate for approval.

The University also awards Honorary Fellowships to candidates who have made an important contribution to the life and success of the University.

Court Steering Committee meets annually to review nominations, which are then put forward to Court for further discussion and final decisions.

Martin Luther King honorary ceremony

Dr Martin Luther King has an honorary degree from Newcastle University.

We have footage and images from the ceremony, which took place on 13 November 1967.