Our students recently took to the stage of the Great Hall to graduate in front of their peers, friends, family and our honorary graduates and Fellows. The ceremonies featured speeches by student orators and our new honorands, individuals whose achievements reflect values important to the Goldsmiths community.
Hailed as one of his generation’s finest actors, Sir Daniel Day-Lewis is an acclaimed talent known for the intensity of his performances and breadth of roles. He is the only artist to win three Best Actor Academy Awards and has roots in south London growing in Greenwich.
Elizabeth Loftus is Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Irvine. Since the 1970s, she has created an impressive body of scholarly work in human memory, eyewitness testimony, and the debunking of recovered memory theories. In 2002, Professor Loftus was ranked 58th in the Review of General Psychology’s list of the 100 most influential 20th-century psychologists and was the highest ranked woman on the list.
Howard Becker is a leading figure in sociology, spending most of his career teaching at Northwestern University (1965–91). Professor Becker has made major contributions to the sociologies of art, deviance and music, written extensively on sociological writing styles and methodologies, and helped shape a generation of scholars. Becker’s 1963 book, The Outsiders, remains a critical text for A-Level Sociology students.
Fiona Rae was among the generation of artists who rose to prominence after graduating from Goldsmiths in the late 1980s. In 1991 Rae was nominated for the Turner Prize, served as a Tate Artist Trustee from 2005-2009 and in 2011 was appointed Professor of Painting at the Royal Academy, one of the first two female professors since the Academy was founded in 1768.
Ali Smith is a writer of passionate, compassionate and inventive novels, short stories, plays, and non-fiction. Smith was shortlisted for the 2005 Man Booker Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction and won the 2005 Whitbread Novel of the Year award for The Accidental. In 2014, How To Be Both was awarded the Goldsmiths Prize, Bailey’s Prize and the Costa Book Awards’ Novel Award, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker.
Read the full story or view our full roll of honour with all of our Honorary Fellowships and Doctorates. Individuals can be nominated by Goldsmiths staff, students, alumni and members of Council via our online nomination form.