The Chancellor is the highest officer, and ceremonial head, of the University.
Modeled after similar positions at Scottish universities, this office was created in 1874, and first filled in 1877. It was enshrined into law in 1882.
For the purposes of Convocation, the Chancellor presides over the ceremony, and represents the authority by which degrees, diplomas, and certificates are conferred.
At Convocation, the Chancellor leads his or her own procession, which includes the University Principal, and the University Rector. This procession may also include Honorary Degree recipients, as well as any other individuals as may be specified.
The current Chancellor of Queen's University is Dr. James W. Leech, B.Sc., MBA, LL.D.