Honorary docs awarded as part of Spring graduation season

21 September 2016

Journalist Richard Ackland AM has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Macquarie University in a ceremony today as part of Spring graduation season.

Mr Ackland was awarded the honorary doctorate in recognition of his long-serving contribution to journalism and law.

Mr Ackland is legal affairs columnist, editor of the online legal affairs newspaper Justinian, publisher of the Gazette of Law & Journalism, and has been admitted as a legal practitioner Supreme Court of NSW.

He has won numerous awards, including Membership of the Order of Australia in 2016.

“The Macquarie law degree is bold and innovative. It questions traditional approaches to and applications of the law. And it is enormous fun,” said Mr Ackland.

“My connection with Macquarie started when a student told me about the external law course, and I was desperate to add another string to my bow when trying to hold down a full-time job as a journalist. The introduction was perfect.”

Honorary degrees are awarded in recognition of exceptional achievement or contribution in relation to a particular field or discipline, and/or to the University and society. The recipients of honorary awards represent a balanced group that demonstrates the breadth of the University’s areas of interest and expertise.

Three additional honorary doctorates will also be awarded during the season, to Tonia Godhard AM, Laklak Burarrwanga and Professor John Thompson AO.

More than 2000 graduates will receive their degrees, diplomas and certificates from Macquarie University. Of the degrees conferred, 99 will go to Doctoral candidates.

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