Celebrating global achievements

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The University will confer honorary degrees to five outstanding achievers on 12 November. The conferral of honorary degrees by the University of Sydney recognises individuals who have achieved academic or creative excellence, or have made an outstanding contribution beyond their recognised field of endeavour, which has benefited the wider community.

This year’s recipients include an Oscar-winning actress, a double-platinum winning musician, one of Australia’s best-known authors, a Nobel Prize winner and the Astronomer Royal.

The recipients, and their honorary degrees, are: actress Cate Blanchett (Doctor of Letters), author Kate Grenville (Doctor of Letters), Royal Astronomer Martin John Rees (Doctor of Science), Nobel Prize winning scientist John Robin Warren (Doctor of Medicine) and Aboriginal musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (Doctor of Music).

The degrees will be conferred at a reception in the Great Hall, which will feature a performance by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu.