Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke has been given an honorary degree by Hong Kong Baptist University. The author was unable to attend a ceremony but an interview with him, recorded earlier in Beijing, was shown. Other recipients were finance and accounting professional Lau Wah-sum, academic and higher education administrator Professor Tien Chang-lin, industrialist Tin Ka-ping, entrepreneur Dr Cha Chi-ming and scholar and educator Professor Tsai Khi-rui. The honorary degrees were awarded in recognition of professional excellence, outstanding contributions to the community and steadfast support of the university. Governor Chris Patten, the university's Chancellor, officiated at the ceremony. Bachelor and masters degrees and PhDs were also conferred on 1,534 graduates. Post-graduate diplomas in education were awarded to 78 students. Acting President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Jerry Barrett urged graduates to 'cultivate a desire for truth, sometimes found only in an unvarnished rough condition, and develop a moral compass that will safely guide you through confusing times'.