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Honorary Ceremonies

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

Honorary Ceremonies

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 Degree Ceremony

On 13 November 1967, Newcastle University gave Dr Martin Luther King an honorary degree – the only UK university to do so during his lifetime.

The day the inspirational campaigner was made an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law remains one of the most important moments in the University's history.

Martin Luther King at his Honorary Degree Ceremony