Doctor Cameron, I presume
Bermudian born Earl Cameron, CBE, at age 94, is accustomed to being centre stage during the 70 or more years leading up to his becoming a stage, screen and television actor of extraordinary renown. But nothing seemingly could compare to what betided him two days ago when he accepted the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters that the Senate of the University of Warwick mandated he should receive.
Patrick Thompson who attended the ceremony is director of the organisation producing a documentary on Cameron’s life and times. He said a tremendous ovation erupted from the hundreds attending the event, as the actor was ‘capped’ and made a short acceptance speech.
The University of Warwick is consistently ranked among the top ten in British university rankings. In latest national rankings by The Guardian for 2013 it is ranked at 5th overall. In 2008 the Sunday Times released averages of its rankings for the period 1998 to 2007, in which Warwick ranked 7th overall. And according to the survey by Times Higher Education, Warwick is ranked 6th among UK universities for graduate starting salaries. According to a 2011 High Fliers Research survey, Warwick is the “second most targeted university in the UK by top employers.”
News of his award was awaiting the nonagenarian and his wife Barbara the day they returned to the UK after an extended visit to Bermuda that was highlighted by the renaming and rededication of Hamilton City Hall Theatre as The Earl Cameron Theatre last month.
Among other significant accolades bestowed on Mr Cameron during his long career was the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bermuda Government through it Arts Council in 1999; a retrospective by the prestigious National Film Theatre of London; as well as in 2007 the Prospero Award by the Bermuda International Film Festival.