The University of Sydney confers honorary degrees and awards the title of Honorary Fellow of the University.
History of honorary awards
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Prior to 1952, a small number of degrees of Doctor of Laws were awarded ad eundem gradum to members of the Royal Family, Governors-General, distinguished soldiers and leaders of industry.
The first honorary degree of the University of Sydney, Doctor of Letters honoris causa, was awarded to His Excellency Lieutenant-General Sir John Northcott, KCMG CB MVO, Governor of NSW and Official Visitor to the University 1946-52. The honorary degree was conferred by the Chancellor Sir Charles Bickerton Blackburn KCMG OBE on 10 May 1952.
The title of Honorary Fellow of the University has been awarded since 1985.