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Bristol honours 100-year-old graduate

8 July 2009

Lady Isobel (Molly) Wood (BA 1930), who celebrated her 100th birthday in the same year as the University, was presented with an honorary Master of Arts degree at a special ceremony on Saturday 4 July.

Lady Isobel (Molly) Wood (BA 1930), who celebrated her 100th birthday in the same year as the University, was presented with an honorary Master of Arts degree at a special ceremony on Saturday 4 July. The ceremony was the centrepiece of a weekend of special events held to mark the University’s centenary.

The orator at the ceremony, Dr Stuart Goldsmith (BA 1966, Hon LLD 2007), said, ‘Molly Wood has surely accomplished all that her own parents – and her Alma Mater – could have hoped for. She has contributed energy and insight to every community she has joined. She is a beloved member of a close-knit family.  And she brings to everything in her life that sense of adventure and joy, and good humour, which I have found to be a recurring character trait in many Bristol alumni. How very appropriate, and how wonderful, it is that Molly Wood and the University of Bristol both celebrate their 100th birthdays this year.

‘Like her own university, Molly is a great citizen of the world. I believe all of us can share in the pride which Molly, and her family, must feel at the award of this degree.’

Over 1,500 alumni and their guests returned to Bristol between Friday 3 and Sunday 5 July to meet up with old friends and staff and attend lectures, lunches and reunion events.

Photos from the weekend will be available to view online shortly.