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Soyinka, Nine Others Receive Cambridge Varsity Honorary Degrees

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka has been presented a honorary doctorate at the University of Cambridge.

The ceremony, which took place on Wednesday, was held at the varsity’s Senate House with over 400 staff, students and other guests in attendance.

Chancellor of the varsity Lord Sainsbury of Turville presided over the ceremony which was conducted in Latin and English.

According to the university’s website, the honorary degree is awarded to individuals “who have made outstanding achievements in their respective fields.”

Soyinka has held visiting appointments at higher institutions in Cambridge, Legon, Atlanta, and Yale.

Other recipients of the honorary degree asides the renowned playwright are Ghanian philosopher, Professor Kwame Appiah; literary scholar, Professor Henry Gates Jr; developmental biologist, Professor Edith Heard; music composer, Dr Judith Weir; and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Dr Ali Smith.

Other recipients, who are all professors, include mathematical physicist, Sir Roger Penrose; developmental biologist, Elizabeth Robertson; art historian, Simon Schama; and molecular biologist, John Walker.

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