Dons Pay Tribute Fraternal to Mary; Queen's University of Belfast: Winter Graduations

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Dons Pay Tribute Fraternal to Mary; Queen's University of Belfast: Winter Graduations


EIRE President Mary McAleese revisited her scholarly past yesterday at Queen's University.

She joined hundreds of successful students as she received an honorary degree at the winter graduation ceremonies.

It may have been a cold and blustery day compared with the usual sunny summer graduations, when students laze on the green in the Quad enjoying strawberries and cream, but proud families still turned up in their droves to mark their loved ones' success.

They came from all corners of Northern Ireland and beyond, from Malaysia and Hong Kong, to Londonderry, Portadown and west Belfast.

Black gowns blew in the wind as the new graduates clutched their degree certificates and presenting smiling faces for the photographs that would be treasured on mantelpieces and walls for a long time.

Crying babies and chatty toddlers were unaware of the excitement of academics who received degrees in law, philosophy, criminal justice management, European integration, accounting, computers and education, among others.

Mary McAleese, born in north Belfast, became a Doctor of Laws, which will add more letters after her name to the string she has already earned. …

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