HKU to confer honorary degrees upon seven outstanding individuals at the 204th Congregation

The University of Hong Kong will be conferring honorary degrees upon seven outstanding individuals at the 204th Congregation to be held on Wednesday, April 14 in Loke Yew Hall this year. As all the honorary graduands currently reside outside Hong Kong, they have agreed to participate in the ceremony virtually for their conferment in light of the COVID-19 situation and travel constraints globally.

Honorary Degrees are awarded to individuals in recognition of their distinguished service and commitment to the University, the community, and to academia. They are also conferred to those who have made valuable intellectual, social and cultural contributions to society and the world.

The honorary degree recipients to be conferred at the Congregation are:

Doctor of Letters honoris causa
Professor Mo Yan

Doctor of Science honoris causa
Professor BAI Chunli
Professor the Lord DARZI of Denham
Professor HU Chenming
Sir Paul Maxime NURSE
Professor ZHANG Yitang

Doctor of Social Sciences honoris causa
Professor Lee S SHULMAN

The biographies of the honorary graduands can be found at  Please click here to download  their photos.

The ceremony will be divided into two sessions to accommodate the time difference between Hong Kong and the residing cities of the honorary graduands. The ceremony will be broadcast live via Zoom. Details of the sessions are as follows:

Date:     April 14, 2021 (Wednesday)
Time:    Session 1: 10:00am

(To confer honorary degrees on Professor Mo Yan, Professor Bai Chunli, Professor Hu Chenming, Professor Zhang Yitang, and Professor Lee S Shulman)
Session 2: 5:00pm
(To confer honorary degrees on Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham and Sir Paul Maxime Nurse)
Venue:  Loke Yew Hall, Main Building, HKU

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