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What The TES said then . . .;The 20th Century;Millennium Edition

Parents applauded at the annual congregation of University College, Bangor, on Monday, when a student refused his BA degree because the University of Wales "has disowned the Welsh language".

The student, Mr RP Griffiths, aged 21, said to the assembled parents in Welsh: "For almost two years we, the students, have asked again and again for the Welsh language to be given a place of merit in the college. The authorities have refused all substantial requests.

"The fight will continue, but for me this is the final opportunity. I refuse the degree and shall continue to do so while the university is so hostile to the Welsh language." He then repeated his declaration in English.

From The TES, July 24, 1964

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