In 1967 the University awarded its first honorary degrees (DU Essex).
Among the first recipients were, the then, Prime Minister, Harold Wilson;
Lord Annan, Provost of University College London who had an immense
influence in Higher Education and the artist John Northcote Nash.
Since then the University has honoured more than 270 men and women
from many walks of life for their varied contributions to learning,
creativity and the acquisition of knowledge, to human welfare and human
rights and to the building and maintaining of a fairer society.
The Honorary Graduands for 2012 were:
- Bill Gore – Former external member and Chair of the University Council
- Charles Garraway – Expert in the law of armed conflict and contribution to public service
- Lucy Kellaway – Journalist and concern for ethical standards
- Ruth Lister – Distinguished academic career and contribution to public life
- Chris Pissarides – Distinguished academic career and Nobel Prize winner
- Tony Rich – Former Registrar and Secretary of the University of Essex
- Rosy Stancer – Polar explorer
- Kwok Yue (Ellen) Poon – Visual effects creator and businesswoman