The extraordinary individuals who will receive honorary doctorates from Otago next month (from left) John Judge, William Robertson, Dr Clive Ross and Carla van Zon.
Four extraordinary New Zealanders will be celebrated when they are conferred with honorary doctorates at graduation ceremonies in December.
Internationally-renowned surveyor and former New Zealand Surveyor General William Robertson ONZM; former chief executive of EY and chair of ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd and Te Papa Tongarewa John Judge; a past president of the World Dental Federation and chair of the New Zealand Dental Council Dr Clive Ross CNZOM; and former Director of the New Zealand International Arts Festival Carla van Zon ONZM are all being honoured for their contribution to society and the University.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne, in announcing the doctorates, says the calibre of the four to be honoured at the December ceremonies is remarkable.
“We cannot help but be proud to have such accomplished and highly-regarded graduates in Mr Judge, Dr Ross and Ms van Zon, who have each individually made a lasting impact in their area of expertise, both within New Zealand and across the globe, and to honour Mr Robertson for his exemplary work in his field and his service to the University.
“Throughout our 150th anniversary year, the University has been able to acknowledge and celebrate some of our most prestigious alumni, and it will be a highlight of our final graduation ceremonies of the year to confer these honorary doctorates.”
Details of the conferments are:
Clive Ross - 4pm, 7 December
Carla van Zon – 1pm, 11 December
William Robertson – 1pm, 14 December
John Judge – 4pm, 14 December
Read their full profiles here.