Australia’s Governor-General Quentin Bryce has been awarded an honorary doctor of laws for her many achievements over 40 years of leadership and civic roles.

The governor-general was awarded the Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) from the University of Melbourne at a graduation ceremony for students from Melbourne Law School, Faculty of Business and Economics and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

Dean of the law school, Carolyn Evans said the honorary doctorate was due recognition of Ms Bryce’s long list of achievements.

‘‘I am delighted that the university is honouring our first female governor-general in this way. Ms Bryce had a distinguished career as a lawyer, academic and advocate for human rights’’, the professor said.

‘‘She has carried out the role of governor-general with dignity and grace and this honorary doctorate recognises the national impact of her work both before and after her appointment.’’

Ms Bryce was sworn in as Australia’s twenty-fifth governor-general and first woman in the job in 2008.

She was admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1965, going on to become a faculty member of the Law School at Queensland University and to work on the National Women’s Advisory Council.

She was named Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988 and Governor of Queensland and a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2003.

AAP