His Excellency NELSON ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA,
President of the Republic of South Africa
CVM diu ex more nobis fuerit civitatum externarum Praesides eosque praesertim qui ob mores spectatos resque gestas inclaruerint praecipuo aliquo honore quantum possumus insignire:
CVMque Vir Excellentissimus NELSON ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA, Reipublicae Africae Australis Praeses, diu carcerem inopiam iniuriam perpessus, summam in re publica capessenda moderationem, summam erga veteres hostes, novos amicos aequitatem benevolentiam magnanimitatem exhibuerit:
CVMque nobili inter suos loco natus omni fastidio deposito adhuc admodum iuvenis illis se adiunxerit qui libertatis causam tuebantur:
CVMque ex academia propter hanc ipsam causam defensam expulsus magnisque obicibus impeditus nihilominus iurisprudentiae studium felici eventu exercuerit:
CVMque primus gentis suae iuris consultus creatus hominum egentium et iniuria laborantium patronus exstiterit indefessus:
CVMque iniquarum istarum legum quae tunc in patria sua grassabantur adversarium se acerrimum gravissimumque praestiterit, hominibus Afris ius suffragi libertatemque flagitarit:
CVMque partium illarum dux et signifer factus et domi et foris totius fere orbis benevolentiam consecutus sit:
CVMque in iudicium aliquoties adductus maiestatis damnatus sit, quae res in isto civitatis ac legum statu honoris causa commemoranda est:
CVMque in insulam deportatus in carcerem coniectus laboribus oppressus contumeliis oneratus constantiam servaverit, ceteris integritatis exemplar fuerit, et legere et docere perrexerit:
CVMque tyrannide ista aliquando in se conlabente et corruente, omnibus eum unum destinantibus sine quo res citra sanguinis effusionem geri non possent, animo vere magno omnes inimicitias utilitati communi condonaverit, concordiae se auctorem praebuerit:
CVMque comitiis habitis Praeses creatus sit universorum civium suffragiis omnium primus, quem magistratum in tanto rei publicae discrimine tam sapienter gerit ut sedentur tumultus redeat confidentia:
CVMque ob pacis patrocinium summo omnium plausu Praemio Nobeliano nobilitatus sit:
NOS ERGO, cum moderationem tum amplitudinem tanti viri admirati, in frequenti Congregationis Domo praedictum Praesidem DOCTOREM in Iure Civili renuntiamus eumque vi et virtute huius Diplomatis omnibus iuribus et privilegiis adficimus quae ad hunc gradum spectant.
In CVIVS REI TESTIMONIVM sigillum Vniversitatis quo hac in parte utimur adponendum curavimus.
Datum in Domo nostra Congregationis die decimo mensis Iulii as MCMLXXXXVI.
WHEREAS it has long been our custom to show such special honour as is in our power to the Heads of other countries, and particularly to those who are outstanding for their character and achievements:
AND WHEREAS His Excellency NELSON ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA, President of the Republic of South Africa, after suffering many years of unjust imprisonment and hardship, has proved himself in power to be a man of great moderation, who has displayed to former opponents the greatest fairness, good will, and magnanimity:
AND WHEREAS having been born to be a chief he devoted himself from early youth to the cause of freedom for his people:
AND WHEREAS despite being expelled from his University for his political activities and having to overcome many obstacles he studied the law and qualified as a lawyer:
AND WHEREAS he opened the first black legal partnership in the country and was active in the service of the poor and the oppressed:
AND WHEREAS he proved himself a determined and powerful opponent of the infamous apartheid legislation and a champion of the right of the disfranchised black population to the vote:
AND WHEREAS he attracted widespread international support by his activities on behalf of the movement, of which he was one of the leaders:
AND WHEREAS after repeated trials he had the honour of being convicted of treason against that unjust system of government:
AND WHEREAS being imprisoned on an island and subjected to hard labour and harsh treatment he preserved his dignity, read and taught widely, and set an example to other prisoners of self respect and self control:
AND WHEREAS when apartheid began to collapse and he was singled out by general consent as the one man who could manage a peaceful transition he showed true magnanimity in placing the common good above party hostilities and working for political harmony:
AND WHEREAS he is the first President of South Africa to be elected by the whole people and in that office has so governed his country as to put down violence and establish general confidence:
AND WHEREAS his career has to universal pleasure been crowned by the award of the Nobel Price for Peace:
NOW THEREFORE WE, in admiration of the high character and achievement of so great a man, do here in this full House of Congregation proclaim the aforesaid President a DOCTOR in our Faculty of Civil Law, and by the power and force of this Diploma do hereby invest him with all privileges of this Degree.
In WITNESS HEREOF we have caused to be affixed to this instrument the Seal of our University thereunto pertaining.
Given in our House of Congregation on the tenth day of July in the Year of Salvation 1996.
Dr Griffin will be a fellow of Corpus Christi College.
Proxime accesserunt: JOHN ERNEST THANASSOULIS, St Anne's College, and JULIETTE VICTORIA VERA WHITE, Worcester College.
The mathematical examiners in the Honour Schools of Mathematics and Computation and of Mathematics and Philosophy have awarded a fourth junior mathematical prize to GEORGE EDWARD METCALFE, St Anne's College, for outstanding performance in the mathematical papers in the Honour School of Mathematics and Philosophy.
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