William Kentridge was awarded an honorary doctorate in literature.
William Kentridge obtained a BA from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1976, studied art at the Johannesburg Art Foundation and studied mime and theatre at L'Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq between 1981 and 1982. He is best known for his prints, drawings, and animated films.
Over the past 25 years Kentridge has matched his growing stature as an artist by an increasing presence as a public intellectual. He is extraordinarily well-read in the visual arts, music, politics and history. In 2012 he gave the Charles Eliot Norton lectures at Harvard University.
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The university has bestowed high academic honours in the form of degrees awarded honoris causa on the following distinguished men and women.