It’s definitely been a good year for marathoner Eliud Kipchoge who is set to be awarded a doctorate degree by Laikipia University during the university’s seventh graduation ceremony to be held on Friday, 6th December, 2019.

The announcement, which comes after Kipchoge was named World Athletics Male Athlete of the Year, was published in the dailies on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

 

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“Pursuant to Laikipia University Charter, 2013 Section III, (21) (4) (k) on the conferment of Honorary Degrees and upon recommendation of the University Senate and approval thereof by the Laikipia University Council, the University has the pleasure to present Mr. Eliud Kipchoge to Kenyans and the international community for the award of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa)” The advert read.

Honoris Causa is a degree given to a person as a sign of honour and respect, without them having to take an exam.

During this year’s Mashujaa Celebrations, the world marathon record holder and Olympic champion was awarded the Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart (EGH) by President Uhuru Kenyatta. The EGH is the highest honour for a civilian.

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Kipchoge, who is the most decorated marathon runner in the world, received worldwide acclaim by becoming the first man in history to run the marathon distance under two hours when he clocked 1:59:40 in the INEOS challenge.

And on Saturday 23 November 2019, Kipchoge was named the 2019 World Athletics Male Athlete of the Year.

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