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The University of Groningen awards honorary doctorates to people who have made an exceptional contribution to society, academia or politics.

Honorary doctorates 2024

On Friday 24 May 2024 at 3 p.m., the University of Groningen (UG) will award four honorary doctorates in the Academy Building. The recipients of the honorary doctorates are meteorologist Gerrit Hiemstra, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Prof. Mariana Mazzucato, and artificial intelligence researcher Dr Kate Crawford.


You can follow the award ceremony from 3 p.m. onwards through the livestream on this web page.

More about the ceremony

The awarding of honorary doctorates is part of the UG's 410th anniversary celebrations, which will include all kinds of activities from 21 till 25 May. The honorary doctorates were selected on the basis of four important UG themes: energy, digitization, sustainability, and public health.

The ceremony will take place in the Aula of the UG Academy Building. Following the presentation there will be a reception.

Guests for this academic ceremony are invited in their personal capacity.

Read more about the honorary doctorates in 2024.

Honorary doctorates in the 21st century

Archbishop Desmond Tutu (photo: Elmer Spaargaren)
Ban Ki-moon after receiving his honorary doctorate (photo: Elmer Spaargaren)

Read more on previous awarded honorary doctorates, starting in 1717.

Honorary doctorate ceremony

Mirjam Pressler receives the cappa (Photo: Elmer Spaargaren)
Titia de Lange receives the cappa (Photo: Gerhard Taatgen)

The UG honorary doctorate is symbolised by the red cappa. The Rector will also present the doctorate with a doctor's bull, adorned with the seal of the UG.

Both staff and student associations take part in the ceremony, starting with the procession from the Academic Building to the Martini Church where the ceremony will take place. Professors are present in academic dress: Gown, bands and beret, decorations and distinctions. Students carry their flags and banners.

Honorary doctorates receive the title doctor honoris causa, or dr.h.c.

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