The University of Malta conferred the Honoris Causa degrees on Friday 3 March 2023 to Ms Maria Grech Ganado and Judge Giovanni Bonello.
Ms Grech Ganado is known for her contributions towards literature in Maltese and in English, some of which have won a National Book Prize award, whereas Judge Bonello served 12 years as a judge at the European Court of Human Rights. During the ceremony,
Both honorary graduands delivered a speech to those present, thanking the University for bestowing this honour on them. Ms Grech Ganado spoke with affection about her involvement in literature while Judge Bonello recalled his early days as a law student when his attempt at submitting his first dissertation got rejected after being deemed to be “too good” to have been written by him, forcing him to eventually resubmit his work. He also recalled on his decision at the Strasbourg Court.
Acting President, his Excellency Prof. Frank Bezzina, and his wife also attended the event that was held within the Church of the University in Valletta in front of the University’s academics, the media, and other family members. In addition, a livestream of the event was also made available.