The sun was shining and the garden looking wonderful, the perfect afternoon to host the Encaenia garden party. The traditional Encaenia ceremony was held in the morning, the familiar procession of the Heads of Colleges, university dignitories and the honorands walking in full academic dress to the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad Street. All the hard work over the last two weeks by the team was rewarded when seeing the many guests arriving in their colourful regalia. Particular attention was made to one very special guest who had received her Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law, Aung San Suu Kyi, having been awarded it in 1993 but been unable to collect it until today.
The Nuffield lawn and marquees, empty this morning, were filled with guests enjoying their surroundings and refreshments; cream teas, sandwiches, and strawberries and cream, in the background, a jazz band playing.