Leading figures to be honoured at GCU graduations

24 June 2016

Four leading figures from across health, business and politics will join more than 2300 students at the Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) graduation summer ceremonies.

Political activist Mary Fisher will receive an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters. Ms Fisher was diagnosed with HIV in 1991 and has led social action to revise the perception, education and treatment of AIDS. She is also author of six books and an artist, whose sculptures are now found in collections worldwide.

Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, will be commended with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science for his contribution to action on dementia. The GCU MBA graduate has significantly influenced the development and implementation of Scotland’s National Dementia Strategies.

There are also honorary degrees of Doctor of Law and Doctor of Business Administration respectively, for Melanne Verveer and Scott Taylor.

Melanne Verveer is the Executive Director of the Georgetown University Institute for Women, Peace & Security. In 2009, President Obama nominated her to be the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, ensuring women’s participation and rights were integrated into U.S. foreign policy.

Scott Taylor is the former Glasgow City Marketing Bureau Chief Executive, who led the development of the City’s brand, People Make Glasgow and during his tenure helped secure major events including the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, MTV Europe Music Awards, and over 3500 conferences to the city. He is an ambassador for the Glasgow Children’s Hospital.

There are four graduation ceremonies, held on Tuesday, June 28 and Wednesday, June 29, in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, for students graduating from the University’s Glasgow School for Business and Society; School of Engineering and Built Environment, and the School of Health and Life Sciences.