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Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Order of ceremony

Wednesday 25 August 2021

  • Archaeology
  • Centre for Lifelong Learning
  • Centre for Medieval Studies
  • English and Related Literature
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media

Your arrival at York


Mary Haworth, Director of OPPA, welcomes graduands and introduces the Chancellor, Professor Sir Malcolm Grant.

Chancellor's message

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, Chancellor, declares the Congregation open for the conferment of awards.

Presentation of candidates

Professor Ambrose Field, Arts and Humanities Faculty Dean, announces and awards graduands from each department.

Discovering new joys


I Anonimi will perform Days by Ray Davies.

Presentation of candidates (cont)

Professor Ambrose Field, Arts and Humanities Faculty Dean, announces and awards graduands from each department.

Student orator speech

Charlotte Bingham from the Department of Archaeology delivers a speech to faculty members.

Honing your craft

Presentation of honorary graduand

Professor Claire Chambers (English and Related Literature) presents Kamila Shamsie for her honorary degree.

Conferment and closing declaration

Professor Charlie Jeffery, Vice-Chancellor and President, confers our honorary graduand before closing proceedings.

Honorary graduand: Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie is the author of seven novels, which have been translated into over 30 languages.

Home Fire won the Women’s Prize for Fiction, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and long listed for the Man Booker Prize; Burnt Shadows was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and won the Premio Boccaccio (Italy); A God in Every Stone was shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature (India), and won the Anisfield-Wolf Award (USA). Three of her other novels (In the City by the Sea, Kartography, Broken Verses) have received awards from the Pakistan Academy of Letters.

A Vice-President and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Manchester, Kamila was one of Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’ in 2013. 

Kamila grew up in Karachi, and now lives in London.

Bonds to last a lifetime

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Graduation Office
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University of York, York, YO10 5DD