Graduation day at Belfast University

Published: 9 July 1913

Queen’s University Belfast held its graduation ceremony at the Ulster Hall today. The Chancellor of the University, the Earl of Shaftesbury, presided over the event. Honorary degrees were conferred on Sir Donald MacAlister and Sir Arthur Rucker, who had both sat on the Queen's University Commission. The scientists Joseph Larmor and Norman Collie were also awarded honorary degrees for their contributions to physics and chemistry respectively. Collie, it was also noted, was a leading mountain climber and had led the first attempt to climb a Himalayan peak in 1895.

Professor Sir Samuel Dill, in addressing the various graduates, concluded in stating that the job of Queen’s University was to ‘give itself to the collective intellectual force of their great province, and to send out to the world many famous men, and proudly invite their franchise in distant years’.

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