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Summer Degree Congregations 2013 - Friday 19 July

Congratulations to all our graduands from the following Faculties, who are receiving their degrees today:

Morning ceremonies @11am
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
Afternoon ceremonies @ 3pm
  • School of Life Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • MOAC
  • Systems Biology

We hope you have a wonderful day! You can view the storify from day four #warwickgrad

We would also like to pass on our congratulations to Professor Robert Calderbank and Mr Gregory Doran our Honorary Graduands.

Today's Honorary Graduands


Professor Robert Calderbank, Honorary Doctor of Science (11am)

Professor Robert Calderbank graduated from the University of Warwick in 1975 with a first class honours degree in Mathematics. His postgraduate studies in Mathematics took him to Oxford and the United States where he received a PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1980. Robert spent 20 years in industry, joining Bell Labs as a Member of Technical Staff and retiring from AT&T in 2003 as Vice President for Research with additional responsibility for Intellectual Property.

At the start of his career at Bell Labs, Professor Calderbank developed voiceband modem technology that was widely licensed and incorporated in over a billion devices. Voiceband means the signals are audible so these modems burped and squeaked as they connected to the internet. Professor Calderbank has also developed technology that improves the speed and reliability of wireless communication. He served on the Technical Advisory Board of Flarion Technologies a wireless infrastructure company.

Professor Calderbank was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2005 and received the IEEE Hamming Medal in 2013. In 2004 he joined Princeton University as Professor of Electrical Engineering and Mathematics. He joined Duke University in 2010 as Dean of Natural Sciences. He has served as Director of the Duke Initiative in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and he currently directs the Information Initiative at Duke. His aim is to make sense of big data: information characterised by massive size, tremendous variety and rapid change

Gregory Doran, Honorary Doctor of Letters (3pm)

Gregory Doran is Artistic Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). His career with the RSC dates back to 1987, when he joined as an actor. He became an Assistant Director in 1989 and he was made an Associate Director in 1996 before he was appointed Chief Associate Director in 2006.

He directed Julius Caesar for the World Shakespeare Festival and The Orphan of Zhao as part of the A World Elsewhere season. Later this year he will direct Richard II in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, in which David Tennant will star. This will be the first RSC production to play live to cinemas around the world on 13 November 2013. His RSC productions in the UK and internationally include Twelth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, MacBeth, Coriolanus and King John. His production of Hamlet, in which David Tennant played the title role, won the WhatsOnStage Best Regional Production and Theatre Event of the Year in 2009.

He is an Honorary Fellow of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the Shakespeare Institute. He is also the Humanitas Visiting Professor in Drama at the University of Oxford. In June 2012, he received the Sam Wanamaker Award from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, an annual award that recognises and celebrates work which has increased the understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare.


Outstanding Student Contribution Awards 2013 winner