In the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, Apr 30, Prime Minister Macmillan was installed as chancellor of Oxford University, in succession to the late Lord Halifax.
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Background: In the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, Apr 30, Prime Minister Macmillan was installed as chancellor of Oxford University, in succession to the late Lord Halifax.
There was a company of 12,000 to acclaim him, among them many non--non-resident members of convocation who came to Oxford in March to help Mr Macmillan win election for the office by 1,976 votes to 1,697 polled by Sir Oliver Franks.
Crowds applauded at the Prime Minister as he walked in procession form his old college, Balliol, with his 16-year-old grandson Alexander Macmillan holding the train of his refurbished black and gold gown.
After the oath of admission and a short speech by the Public Orator, the new Chancellor made his address - some 500 words of it in Latin. Calling the occasion a "red letter day", Mr. Macmillan said: "Hic candido calculo notandus". Continuing in English, "for the benefit of the larger audience", he said: " I can never repay the debt I owe to my college and my university. In my new position I promise to Serve Oxford to the best of my ability."
The ceremony over, Mr. Macmillan again walked in procession through the city, to have lunch at christ Church.