Award-winning Irish author, journalist and playwright Colm Tóibín, will be officially installed as the University’s new Chancellor today as part of Graduation week celebrations.
The ceremony begins at 9.30am at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and can be watched live on the University’s website. The event will also be live-streamed to the Leggate Theatre in the Victoria Gallery & Museum and in the Graduation Marquee, located in Abercromby Square (check website for opening times).
As Chancellor, Colm will be the ceremonial figurehead of the University and play an important ambassadorial role, locally, nationally and internationally.
The author of nine novels and two collections of stories, Colm’s work has been translated into more than thirty languages and won numerous awards, including the 2009 Costa Novel of the Year for Brooklyn, which was later adapted into an Oscar-nominated film.
During the ceremony, the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Beer will invite Colm to assume the office of Chancellor. A new ceremonial robe has been commissioned for the event, which will also see Colm address the audience with an acceptance speech.
The role of Chancellor dates back to 1903, when Edward the Seventh granted the University its Charter of Incorporation. Colm will be the University’s tenth Chancellor and the first citizen of another European country to hold the position.
Watch the ceremony live from 9.30am here: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/graduation/the_ceremony/live-webcast/