Dr Ian Player received Ad Portas at Michaelhouse

| March 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

On 25 November 2011, Dr Ian Player was received Ad Portas at Michaelhouse in recognition of his 60-year crusade in defence of South Africa’s rich natural heritage. This accolade is the most recent in Player’s long and distinguished career, during which time no fewer than 17 national and international awards for service to conservation, along with honorary doctorates in Philosophy and Law, have been bestowed upon him.

Former Rector Bushell introduced this very special ceremony to honour distinguished personalities who have made invaluable contributions to the life of the school and the nation. Since the Right Reverend Baines, most instrumental in the early growth of the school, was received in 1928, 13 more dignitaries have been received Ad Portas. Dr Ian Cedric Audley Player became the 15th recipient, joining the ranks that includes men of the calibre of Jan Smuts and Dr Player’s close personal friend Colonel Sir Laurens van der Post, who was admitted Ad Portas in 1986.

The award, which is tantamount to having the freedom of a city bestowed on its recipient, was made in the Main Quad of the school, before the assembled boys, staff and guests. Dr Player was met at the gate to the school by the Rector, Guy Pearson, from where he was led, to the accompaniment of a carillon of the school bells, to the Main Quad.

Christopher Brits, the school’s Senior Prefect for 2012, presented Dr Player with an illuminated scroll following an oration. The guest of honour then addressed those present, reminding the boys that it is not only their duty to make full use of the education which they are privileged to receive, but also to engage in leadership opportunities.

The Main Quad then echoed to the traditional six cheers, as a dignified and momentous occasion drew to a close.

Category: Autumn 2012

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