Leading figures to be honoured at winter graduation ceremonies

20 November 2015

Leading figures to be honoured at winter graduation ceremonies

More than 1200 students will be joined by seven outstanding citizens who are being honoured by the University.

More than 1200 students will graduate from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) at its winter graduation ceremonies next week on Tuesday, November 24, and Wednesday, November 25, in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

They will be joined by seven outstanding citizens who are being honoured by the University.

Andy Scott, the Scottish sculptor of the landmark Kelpies monument, will receive an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his renowned talent and creativity as a sculptor and his specialisms in the field of steel structures. The Kelpies, situated at the Helix Park in Falkirk, are a pair of horse heads 30 metres high and the largest works of art in Scotland. They are the largest equine sculptures in the world. They went on display in April 2014 and, in their first year, attracted 1.4 million visitors.

• Broadcaster Pat Nevin will receive an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his contribution in the field of sports with a football career lasting over 20 years, his work as Chief Executive of Motherwell Football Club, football writer and broadcaster, and in recognition of his work as patron of Show Racism the Red Card, the educational charity, and as an anti-apartheid campaigner.

Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, will receive an Honorary Degree of Business Administration in recognition of her exceptional leadership skills and business expertise, together with her contribution as a chamber director with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and a non-executive director at Business Stream, a subsidiary of Scottish Power.

Reverend Dr Laurence AB Whitley, Minister of Glasgow Cathedral, will receive an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his continued support of the City of Glasgow as Minister of Glasgow Cathedral, together with his contribution to the ecumenical life of the city.

Archbishop Mario Conti, former Archbishop of Glasgow, will receive an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his continued support and important part in the life of the City of Glasgow, as well as his strong relationships with GCU and support of the University’s Magnusson Awards.

Ian Brander, Chief Executive Officer of Howden Group Limited, will receive an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Engineering in recognition of his contribution globally in the field of engineering and the global reach, impact and significance that this has made, together with his continued work with, and assistance and support of, the Howden Academy at GCU.

Antony Brian will receive an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his outstanding commitment and contribution to the University in his role as Chair of Court from 2011 to February 2015, together with his work as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee, as well as Chair of the Membership Committee and as a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE said: “The University is privileged to welcome such distinguished Honorary Graduates into our extended academic community. They each bring a wealth of professional experience coupled with a strong commitment to serve in public life for the benefit of others, a sense of purpose that we recognise and share as the University for the Common Good.”

 

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