Leading citizens join students for winter graduations

21 November 2014

David Grevemberg

David Grevemberg

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will hold its winter graduation ceremonies on Tuesday, November 25 and Wednesday, November 26.

Nearly 1500 students will graduate from the University’s three academic schools – the School of Engineering and Built Environment, Glasgow School for Business and Society and the School of Health and Life Sciences.

GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE will confer the degrees during three ceremonies, which will take place in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

The University will also recognise the achievements of three leading figures from the worlds of international sports management, world health and global politics.

  • David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, will be awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the cultural and sporting fabric of Scotland, through his leadership role with the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
  • Dr Manuel Carballo, an epidemiologist and Executive Director of the International Centre for Migration, Health and Development (ICMHD) in Geneva, will be awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to academic research, public health and international development throughout the world.
  • Honorary Consul for South Africa in Scotland Brian Filling will be awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his contribution to the University’s work with South Africa over many years, together with the recognition by the South African Government for his lifetime commitment of support and solidarity. Mr Filling is a former Vice-Principal of Glasgow Metropolitan College and past member of the GCU Senate. He is also being recognised for his organisation and facilitation of the Mandela Tambo Lecture Series from its inception in 2006.