Nicholas Wadham, a member of an ancient Somerset family, died in 1609 leaving his fortune to endow a college at Oxford. The hard work of translating intentions into reality fell on his widow, Dorothy, a formidable woman of 75. More
Following their studies here, Wadham students have gone on to excel in their careers in a wide variety of subject areas, many becoming well-known and respected experts. This list of 'famous alumni' is a small representation of the achievements of our students.
Lord Macdonald of River Glaven Kt QC became Warden of Wadham College in 2012. As head of College, Ken Macdonald is responsible for overseeing Wadham’s administration and development. He is a founder member of Matrix Chambers and was Director of Public Prosecutions for England and Wales 2003 - 2008. More
The Wadham Grace was traditionally spoken at dinner by the Warden or Senior Fellow alternating with a Scholar.
Scholar: Benedictus sit Deus in donis suis. Warden: Et sanctus in omnibus operibus suis. Scholar: Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini. Warden: Qui fecit coelum et terras. Scholar: Sit nomen Dei benedictum. Warden: Ex hoc usque in saecula saeculorum. Scholar: Domine salvam fac Elizabetham Reginam. Warden: Et exaudi nos cum invocamus te. Scholar: Domine Deus, vita et resurrectio credentium, qui semper es laudandus, tum in viventibus, tum in defunctis, agimus tibi gratias pro Nicolao Wadhamo Armigero, et pro Dorothea uxore ejus, fundatoribus nostris defunctis, aliisque benefactoribus nostris, quorum beneficiis hic ad pietatem et studium litterarum alimur, rogantes ut nos, his tuis donis recte utentes, una cum illis ad resurrectionem gloriae perducamur, per Jesum Christum Dominum nostrum, Amen.
The Wadham Grace is now used only on special occasions, such as Gaudies (alumni reunions), when Fellows or Classics scholars respond to the Warden.