Honorary awards

The University of Sydney recognises

  • exceptional achievement by conferring an honorary degree.
  • outstanding service to the University by awarding the title of Honorary Fellow of the University.

Who is receiving an honorary award in 2015

To date, those who have accepted the Chancellor's invitation to receive an honorary award are listed below.

Updated 21 May 2015


Mr Gerard Stevens AM, for his outstanding contribution beyond the expectations of the person’s particular field of endeavour which has influenced the thinking or general well-being of the wider community.

Master of Pharmacy (honoris causa) [Hon MPharm]
Conferring ceremony: 6 March 2015


Sir Jonathan Mills, for his exceptional achievement in the creative arts.

Doctor of Music (honoris causa) [Hon DMus]
Conferring ceremony: 17 April 2015


Mr Louis Challis AM, for his outstanding contribution beyond the expectations of the person’s particular field of endeavour which has influenced the thinking or general well-being of the wider community.

Doctor of Engineering (honoris causa) [Hon DEng]
Conferring ceremony: 1 May 2015


Mr Gerard Carè, for his outstanding contribution beyond the expectations of the person’s particular field of endeavour which has influenced the thinking or general well-being of the wider community.

Doctor of Engineering (honoris causa) [Hon DEng]
Conferring ceremony: 1 May 2015


Emeritus Professor Alan Atkinson, for his outstanding contribution beyond the expectations of the person’s particular field of endeavour which has influenced the thinking or general well-being of the wider community.

Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) [Hon DLitt]
Conferring ceremony: 13 May 2015


Mr Frank Moorhouse, for his exceptional achievement in the creative arts.

Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) [Hon DLitt]
Conferring ceremony: 13 May 2015


Mr Kenneth Reed AM, for his outstanding service to the University of Sydney.

Honorary Fellow
Conferring ceremony: 13 May 2015


Mrs Lynette Fern, for her outstanding service to the University of Sydney.

Honorary Fellow
Conferring ceremony: 15 May 2015




Dr John Laker AO, for his outstanding contribution beyond the expectations of the person’s particular field of endeavour which has influenced the thinking or general well-being of the wider community.

Doctor of Science in Economics (honoris causa) [Hon DScEcon]
Conferring ceremony: 15 May 2015


Mr Mark Scott AO, for his outstanding contribution beyond the expectations of the person’s particular field of endeavour which has influenced the thinking or general well-being of the wider community.

Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) [Hon DLitt]
Conferring ceremony: 15 May 2015


Mr Richard Bonynge AC CBA, for his exceptional achievement in the creative arts.

Honorary Doctor of Music (honoris causa) [Hon DMus]

Conferring ceremony: 10 October 2015


The Rev The Hon Professor Brian Howe AO , for his outstanding contribution beyond the expectations of the person’s particular field of endeavour which has influenced the thinking or general well-being of the wider community in the area of social work.

Doctor of Social Work (honoris causa) [Hon DSW]
Conferring ceremony: 30 October 2015


Dr William Porges, for his outstanding service to the University of Sydney.

Honorary Fellow
Conferring ceremony: 11 December 2015


Professor Ronald Ettinger, for his outstanding contributions to research on dental care for those with special needs such as the elderly, the handicapped, and hospitalised patients have earned him an international reputation.

Honorary Doctor of Dental Science

Conferring ceremony: To be advised