Commemoration Day 2014

Bute Hall

Bute Hall

Today is Commemoration Day, the day on which the founding of the University in 1451 is celebrated each year.

As well commemorating the University’s benefactors, celebrations include the conferring of honorary degrees by the Chancellor.

With just 35 days to go until the start of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, it is not surprising that the majority of today’s honorary graduands have sport or Commonwealth connections.

Doctor of Science
Professor Michael Boit
Professor of Sport Science, Kenyatta University

Doctor of the University
HRH Prince Tunku Imran
Chair of the Commonwealth Games Federation

Kamalesh Sharma
Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations

Dr Bridget McConnell
Chief Executive, Glasgow Life

Rosemary Chrimes
Edinburgh 1970 gold medalist Discus

Alexander Leckie
Edinburgh 1970 gold medalist Fencing

Joseph Laughlin (Lachie) Stewart
Edinburgh 1970 gold medalist 10000m

Rosemary Wright
Edinburgh 1970 gold medalist 800m

George Adrain
Edinburgh 1986 gold medalist Lawn Bowls Pairs

William Gilliland
Edinburgh 1986 gold medalist Badminton Doubles

Grant Knox
Edinburgh 1986 gold medalist Lawn Bowls Pairs

Daniel Travers
Edinburgh 1986 gold medalist Badminton Doubles

DLitt
Colin Blane
BBC News Correspondent

Gerry Hughes
First Deaf teacher in Scotland since 1880 and single-handed, round-the-world sailor

 

Celebrating sports alumni

Earlier this week it was announced that thirteen University of Glasgow staff, students and alumni had been selected for Glasgow 2014, twelve for Team Scotland and one for Pakistan.

Glasgow University Athletic Club athletics section 1932-3 inc. Borland, Murdoch and Ogilvie

Glasgow University Athletic Club athletics section 1932-3 inc. Borland, Murdoch and Ogilvie

University athletes have represented Scotland and other countries at these Games since its first edition, the British Empire Games, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in 1930.

Athlete Ian Borland was our earliest representative, making the journey to Hamilton with the Scottish team in 1930. At the London Games of 1934 the University and Scotland were represented by swimmer Mirrlees Chassels and athletes Sheena Dobbie, Robin Murdoch, Patrick Ogilvie and Robert Robertson.

Alumni athletes consulting archives about their predecessors

Alumni athletes consulting archives about their predecessors

Today we celebrate recent alumni athletes with a special event at the Principal’s Lodging. Athletes present include swimmers Downie Brown (1966 and 1970 Games) and Gordon Souter (1970), and shooter Colin McEachran (1974 and 1978; team manager more recently) and basketball player Ross Campbell (2006).

Watch this space for further details of alumni athletes, honorary graduates and graduates of a century ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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