Desmond Tutu receives honorary degree


Pictures by Stuart Cobley

By Cara Sulieman

EDINBURGH University students celebrated their degrees with a famous fellow graduate yesterday.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu received an honorary degree from the institution for his work in South Africa.

The anti-apartheid activist became a Doctor of Divinity for the sixth time when he collected his degree.

During the ceremony he praised the people of Edinburgh for their “outstanding” support in the long battle against apartheid in South Africa.

And he also waded into the row over gay Kirk ministers in Scotland saying everyone was ‘family’ regardless of their orientation.

After the ceremony he celebrated with other students on the steps of the McEwan Hall at the university.

Known for his work against apartheid in South Africa during 1980s, the 77-year-old now devotes his time to an HIV foundation in his name and speaking out on poverty.

Nobel Peace Prize

He became the second South African to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

This degree is the latest in a long line of honours from institutions around the world including Yale, Oxford, Cambridge and Aberdeen.

As a result he has doctorates and degrees in divinity, theology, law and humanities as well as a whole host of medals, fellowships and awards.