Honorary awards

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales

The degree of Doctor of Laws* was conferred ad eundem gradum upon His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) by the Chancellor Sir William Cullen at a ceremony held in the Great Hall on 23 June 1920.

Edward, the Prince of Wales arrived in Victoria on 2 April 1920 representing his father, King George V, to thank Australians for the part they played in World War 1.

* As there was no provision in the University Act until 1952 for conferring of honorary degrees by the University of Sydney, the University awarded a number of degrees 'ad eundem gradum' - mostly Doctor of Laws - as a mark of special honour. Those who received this award included members of the Royal Family, Governors-General, distinguished soldiers and leaders of industry.

Captain Allen, President of the Undergraduates Association, reading an address to the Prince.

Captain Allen, President of the Undergraduates Association, reading an address to the Prince of Wales following the ceremony, photo, University of Sydney Archives.

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Find out about the Prince of Wales' visit to the University here.