NUI Galway announces honorary doctorates

Sean O’Rourke

Sean O’Rourke

NUI Galway has announced the graduates who will be conferred with honourary degrees in a special ceremony on Friday June 24.

The recipients are a blend of people who have excelled in fields of literature, broadcasting, youth development, and science.

Sean O’Rourke has been the presenter of the RTE News at One since January 1995. He also presents the Week in Politics on RTE television. Mr O’Rourke, is an arts graduate from the university and will be conferred with a Degree of Doctor of Laws.

Margaret Atwood will be honoured for her contribution to the literary world with a Degree of Doctor of Literature. The Canadian author has published more than 40 books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays.

Sean Campbell, the CEO of the youth group Foróige, will be conferred with a Degree of Doctor of Laws, while Professor Wiederhold, the Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, will be conferred with a Degree of Doctor of Science.

Commenting on the announcement of this year’s graduands, Dr James J Browne, president of NUI Galway, said: “NUI Galway is fortunate to be associated with many outstanding honorary graduates throughout its history and those being honoured this year form a particularly distinguished group.

“Each has made an outstanding and distinctive contribution to the diverse fields of literature, youth affairs, journalism and computer science. NUI Galway is very pleased to be in a position to recognise these exceptional individuals.”



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