Roger Smith Awarded Doctor of Letters Degree by Saint Andrews University

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Roger W. Smith, a member of the International Council on the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide in Jerusalem, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) degree by St. Andrews University in December 2017 in recognition of his contributions to genocide studies and political theory. St Andrews is Scotland’s oldest university (1413), and it appears that the Winter Graduation ceremony has changed little in over at least the past 300 years. As we left the graduation hall (me in my ‘medieval’ robe) we were led by the piper, followed by three mace bearers with their fifteenth century maces, the Chancellor, and the rest of us in academic regalia of many colors. It was a bit cold and windy, but a wonderful occasion and experience. My wife and I have never received more gracious and elegant hospitality than that at St Andrews. A lot of memories to keep. –Roger Smith