AT a special graduation ceremonial on July 8, the Senatus Academicus of the University of Edinburgh conferred on Her Majesty the Queen the honorary degree of doctor of laws. The degree was conferred by the vice-chancellor, Sir Thomas Holland, who expressed to Her Majesty the thanks of the University. In her reply, Her Majesty said, "I thank you, Mr. Vice-Chancellor, for the very kind words with which you have admitted me to-day to your Roll of Honour, and I assure you that I deeply appreciate the distinction which the University of Edinburgh has conferred upon me. As a Scotswoman I know the high value which my fellow-countrymen set upon education, and the important part which a university such as this plays in the civic and national life. It is very gratifying, therefore, to me to feel that as a member of this great University I am connected with so important a centre of Scottish life and thought. It is my earnest hope that this ancient foundation will long continue to prosper, and I can assure you that its interest will always lie very close to my heart." Among those present were the Right Hon. Ramsay MacDonald, and Prof. J. Graham Kerr, two of the members of Parliament for the Scottish Universities.