On Tuesday, 6 July, the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity will be conferred upon Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien, Roman Catholic Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh and President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland.
Reacting to the news, Cardinal O'Brien said;
"It is with great pride that I gladly accept an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from the University of Edinburgh.
As my alma mater, the University occupies a special place in my life and in my memories.
My years spent as an Undergraduate from 1955 - 1959 were a time of great happiness for me, spent in a challenging and stimulating atmosphere.
Having graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemistry in 1959, i renewed my relationship with the University after my Ordination in 1965 when I was sent to Moray House to undertake TeacherTraining and completed a Diploma in Education awarded by the University of Edinburgh in 1966.
To-day I retain links with the University, particularly through the Faculty of Divinity and I am delighted that the University of Edinburgh has seen fit to honour me in this way".
The Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh University, Professor Timothy O'Shea said:
"We are delighted to be honouring such outstanding individuals in recognition of their significant contribution to scholarship, to local, national and international life, and society in general. They are wonderful role models for our students."
Note to editors:
The best-selling children's author, JK Rowling , is also among a number of prominent public figures who will receive Honorary Degrees at the University's graduation ceremonies this summer. For a full list of recipients of honorary degrees, see: http://www.ed.ac.uk/news/honorary04.html
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