William Crowe (1745–1829), Public Orator at the University of Oxford.
William Crowe (1745–1829), Public Orator at the University of Oxford.

The Public Orator is a traditional official post at universities, especially in the United Kingdom. The person in this position acts as the voice of the university during public occasions.[1]

The position at Oxford University dates from 1564.[2] The Public Orator at the University presents honorary degrees, giving an oration for each person that is honoured. They may be required to compose addresses and letters as directed by the Hebdomadal Council of the University. Speeches when members of the royal family are present may also be required. The post was instituted for a visit to Oxford by Queen Elizabeth I in 1566. The Public Orator, Thomas Kingsmill, gave a very long historical speech. Sir Isaac Wake addressed King James I similarly in 1605.

At the University of Cambridge, the title for the position changed from "Public Orator" to "Orator" in 1926.[3] Trinity College Dublin in Ireland also has a Public Orator.[4] There is no equivalent position in American universities.[5]

List of Public Orators

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (August 2012)

England

Oxford University

See also Category:Public Orators of the University of Oxford.

Cambridge University

See also Category:Cambridge University Orators.

Liverpool University

Durham University

Birkbeck, University of London

Ireland

Trinity College, Dublin

See also

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