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Queen's students sparkle at Winter Graduations

Queen’s newest graduates will be joined by one of the world’s leading solar physicists and the founder of a top Northern Ireland IT company, who will receive honorary degrees.

When the ceremonies have finished, 6,000 students will have graduated during the University’s Centenary year – compared with just 400 in 1908 – the year Queen’s received its charter.

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Festival launched

Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's was launched today, offering the best of international art and culture during its 16 day run. Opening this year's festival is film legend Ennio Morricone while other highlights include Cherie Blair, Broadway diva Barbara Cook and 70s superstar Gilbert O’Sullivan.

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Joanna has an 'absolutely fabulous' time at Queen's

Absolutely Fabulous' actress Joanna Lumley lent an extra touch of glamour to Queen's University when she was awarded an honorary degree on the last day of summer graduations.

Centenary Celebrations

Queen's University has been marking its centenary this year. As part of the celebrations Her Majesty the Queen unveiled the Centenary Stone and met the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, during her visit, while former premiers Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern received honorary degrees. Former President of South Africa and Nobel Peace prizewinner Nelson Mandela became the University's Centenary Honorary Graduate.

Graduation – the University's social event of the year

It's graduation week at Queen's, the biggest social occasion in the University's calendar when around 15,000 people are expected to visit the Whitla Hall for ceremonies involving almost 4,000 students. Honorary degrees will also be awarded to 18 people who are considered to be role models for students.

Graduation Dinner

Graduation Dinner was held on Tuesday 1 July in the Whitla Hall, attended by academics and civic leaders. During the event former South African president, Nelson Mandela, was conferred with an honorary degree.

QTV - Jubilee celebration as Queen's graduates mark Centenary

The largest ever gathering of Queen’s graduates will take place on campus on Thursday (17 April).  Alumni from around the world, including the USA, Australia, Barbados, Africa and mainland Europe, are returning for a double celebration – a Golden Jubilee Reunion and to mark the University’s Centenary.

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Summer Graduation Honorary Graduates

It’s graduation week at Queen’s, and fifteen honorary degrees are being awarded to those considered role models to students and the wider community, because of their achievements in public and personal life.

Honorary graduates from the worlds of science, medicine, business, sport and the arts will join around 4000 students who will graduate in the University’s Whitla Hall.

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Charter Day Honour for Heaney

A festival of fireworks and song greeted Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney at Queen’s when he received a Lifetime Achievement Award during the University’s Centenary Charter Day celebration.

The Queen’s graduate received his award after the world premiere of Anahorish, a piece of music inspired by Heaney’s poem of the same name. Commissioned by Queen’s Graduates’ Association (QGA), the piece was composed by Queen’s graduate Deirdre Gribben.

Also present at the Centenary celebration were Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth and well known broadcaster Nick Ross, a former Deputy President of Queen’s Students’ Union.

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Royal visit a Centenary highlight for Queen's

The second century of Queen’s University Belfast will be even more impressive than its first, Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Gregson said today as The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited the University to mark its Centenary.

Professor Gregson made his comments during a reception to mark the University’s unique contribution to higher education and public life.

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Winter Graduation and new Chancellor Installation

It is Winter Graduation time at the University.  As part of this year's celebrations the new Chancellor, His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, was installed.

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Building a future for UK universities

Queen’s is currently investing millions of pounds in transforming the campus for future generations of staff and students. The challenges and opportunities which this generates for the University, and its fellow institutions, during an economic recession, have been debated at a major conference on campus. Around 130 delegates from the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the United States, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand attended the event, the annual conference of the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE).