Item 1450 - Honorary doctorate of Laws from the Australian National University

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ZA COM MR-T-5-3-1450


Honorary doctorate of Laws from the Australian National University


  • 6 September 2000 (Creation)

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Date accepted: 2002/05/22 , Verified by: Lucia Raadschelders ; Date verified: 14/12/11

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Award recognizing Mr Mandela as the recipient of a Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia

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Certificate comprised of 2 sheets of cream-coloured paper, folded, with gold rope divider (creating 8 pages), in blue folder with gold engraved "The Australian National University" and university logo. Gold rope extends around the binding with an attached gold tassel. Taken out of folder for Preservation
First page of certificate includes the blue, silver, and gold seal of the university, and "The Australian National University" and "Canberra." Pages 2 & 3 are blank. Page 4 & 5 include the "citation for an honorary degree." These pages, in black text, read:
Mr Chancellor, it is my privilege to present to you for a degree of this University, Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, former State President of South Africa, Nobel Laureate for Peace, Chancellor of the University of the North, freedom fighter, African National Congress leader, lawyer, and statesman.
(5 paragraphs outlining Mr Mandela's accomplishments and contributions)
This was the Nelson Mandela University. : may we prove worthy of its example. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, we honour you.
Mr Chancellor, it is with great pleasure that I present to you, Mr Nelson Mandela, that you may confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, on the ground that his distinguished creative contributions in the service of society.
Signed by: Professor RD Terrell, vice chancellor, The Australian National University, 6 September 2000

Page 6 is blank. Page 7 holds Mr Mandela's honorary degree. It includes the red seal of the Australian National University. In black text, the certificate reads:
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Bachelor of Arts in the University of South Africa
Chancellor of the University of the North
Joint President of the United World Colelges
Honorary Companion in the Order of Australia
UNESCO Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize
Nobel Peace Prize
Former President of South Africa
has this day been admitted, honoris causa, to the degree of Doctor of Laws
on the ground of his distinguished creative contributions in the service of society
Given under the Seal of the Australian National University This sixth Day of September 2000
Signed by: Professor RD Terrell (vice chancellor) and Chairperson (Board of the Institute of Advanced studies)

Page 8 is blank

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Nelson Mandela Awards Database ID: A0012

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