Special Convocation and at Huron University conferring the Degree of Doctor of Divinity upon Dr. Rowan Williams

Mar 18th
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Huron University, Kingsmill Room

Special Convocation at Huron University in the Kingsmill Room conferring the Degree of Doctor of Divinity upon Dr. Rowan Williams.

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Dr. Williams' Biography - Dr Rowan Williams took up the mastership of Magdalene on 1 January 2013. 

Dr. Williams was educated at Dynevor Secondary Grammar School in Swansea, he came up to Christ's College in 1968. He studied for his doctorate at Christ Church and Wadham College Oxford, working on the Russian Orthodox theologian Vladimir Lossky. His career began as a lecturer at Mirfield (1975-1977). He returned to Cambridge as Tutor and Director of Studies at Westcott House. After ordination in Ely Cathedral, and serving as Honorary Assistant Priest at St George's Chesterton, he was appointed to a University lectureship in Divinity. In 1984 he was elected a Fellow and Dean of Clare College. During his time at Clare he was arrested and fined for singing psalms as part of the CND protest at Lakenheath air-base. Then, still only 36, it was back to Oxford as Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity for six years, before becoming Bishop of Monmouth, and, from 2000, Archbishop of Wales. In 2002, he became the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury.

He was awarded the Oxford higher degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1989, and an honorary DCL degree in 2005; Cambridge followed in 2006 with an honorary DD. He holds honorary doctorates from considerably more than a dozen other universities, from Durham to K U Leuven, Toronto to Bonn. In 1990 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2003 and of the Learned Society of Wales in 2010. In 2013, he was made a life peer, becoming Lord Williams of Oystermouth, in the City and County of Swansea.

Dr. Williams is a noted poet and translator of poetry, and, apart from Welsh, speaks or reads nine other languages. He learnt Russian in-order to read the works of Dostoevsky in the original. This led to a book; he has also published studies of Arius, Teresa of Avila, and Sergii Bulgakov, together with writings on a wide range of theological, historical and political themes.

Awarding of Honorary Doctor of Divinity followed by Lecture: What Shall I Cry? How Do We Preach Today?

Free. Registration required by emailing

Details of event:

  • 1:00 p.m. - Ceremony in the Kingsmill Room. Following the Convocation ceremony, attendees will take this time to have some refreshments in the Kingsmill room until Dr. Rowan Williams returns to deliver a lecture titled "What Shall I Cry: How Do We Preach Today?”

Complimentary parking is available at Huron in the main parking lot. 



Here is a CAMPUS MAP for directions to Huron University.   The Kingsmill Room (#6 on the linked map) is on the second floor.  If you require an elevator, enter by the “i” on the map. 
There is limited parking in the Huron students’ lot, just south of Huron off Western Road. All vehicles will need to turn right into the Huron lots.  The lift gate will be raised at 12 noon, and you should proceed through it then turn left for regular spots in the student parking lot (area #22 on the linked map).  A security guard will be on duty and may direct you to other parking spots.  If we run out of parking, you might also consider one of these parking lots at Western University
We encourage you to consider public transit or carpooling. 

We hope you enjoy the day!