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Ulster University has today bestowed an Honorary Doctorate award to Mary Robinson, the first female President of Ireland and a passionate advocate for climate action, in recognition of her international impact on sustainability, climate change and social responsibility.

President of Ireland from 1990-1997, Mary Robinson is currently Chair of the Elders, a body of independent global leaders working together for peace, justice, human rights and a sustainable planet, and served as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002.

Speaking to the Ulster University Class of 2024, Dr Mary Robinson said:

“I look to you young graduates and us the Class of 2024 to do our bit in making sure we realise that the climate and nature crisis affects everything and everyone. Whatever you have studied, whatever your discipline, you can find a way to move the climate agenda more quickly and be part of a movement of climate justice.

"The world you’re entering is challenging, but you are now well equipped to address it positively. You have had this great education, in this great institution, and you should embrace the challenges of the world positively. You are never too young to lead, and you are never too old to learn. I’m so pleased to be part of the Class of 2024. Go forward and make a difference!”

As the Class of 2024 celebrate their hard work and dedication across seven graduation ceremonies in Belfast, Coleraine and Derry~Londonderry, Ulster University is honouring seven key figures in politics, journalism, the arts and community work as it bestows its Honorary Doctorates.

For more information, visit: From Former Presidents to Fashion Leaders: Ulster University set to honour cohort of inspirational and talented leaders with series of Honorary Doctorates - Ulster University.