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Winter Convocation 2020

20 February 2020 | 12pm

Royal Geographical Society

On 20 February 2020, the RCA celebrated the brilliant minds of its most recent cohort as 220 students were awarded postgraduate degrees and graduated from the Royal College of Art at the Royal Geographical Society.

Missed the live stream? 
Rewatch the ceremony by clicking on the video above.


Address by the Vice-Chancellor Dr Paul Thompson
Conferment of Honorary Doctorates and presentations with orations by Freddie Robins
Response on behalf of the Honorands by Asif Kapadia
Conferment of Degrees
Response from the Students's Union on behalf of the Graduands by Lucy Bird, Gabriella Davies and Aleksandra Stanek
Closing of the ceremony by the Treasurer. 


As a time to celebrate great achievements, honorary doctorates were awarded to artists Frank Bowling OBE RA and Bridget Riley CH CBE, and documentary filmmaker Asif Kapadia, in recognition for their significant contribution to culture and the arts, both internationally and in the UK. 

The Hon Docs are in fact all RCA alumni: 

  • Frank Bowling graduated with the silver medal for Painting in 1962, he was represented by son Professor Ben Bowling at the ceremony. 
  • Bridget Riley is a painter and graduated from the RCA in 1955 (and so receives her Hon Doc 65 years after first graduating).
  • Asif Kapadia graduated from Film & Television at the RCA in 1997, where he had his breakthrough graduation film The Sheep Thief.

Convocation 2020 Hon Docs, photo by Shaun James Cox
Convocation, 2020 Winter Hon Docs, 2020
Photographer: Shaun James Cox


The class of 2020 come from some 37 different countries around the world, reflecting the RCA truly global nature. As the next generation of creative thinkers, you will go on to create new cities, systems and services, as well as challenge current paradigms within the creative industries, and help us to understand the meaning of our material culture.

You are a key part of GenerationRCA and a member of an exclusive international network of creative individuals who have shaped and continue to shape the world. 

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