GALLERY: Snow Patrol play intimate acoustic show at hmv, Belfast Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody has been given an honorary degree by a leading Scottish university. READ MORE: Praise for Snow Patrol star Gary Lightbody opening up on depressionThe Bangor musician joined hundreds of new graduates inside Caird Hall for the summer graduations. Posting a picture of himself and former bandmate Tom Simpson on Snow Patrol’s official Instagram page, the Chasing Cars singer wrote: “Thank you so much to the University of Dundee for making me a doctor of laws today! “So if anyone needs any legal work done I’m your man. Think that’s how it works, I’m a lawyer now, right? “I also got to spend the day with this legend, Tom Simpson. In this picture I seem to be doing my best impression of a wax work dummy though. “Thank you to all the teaching and administration staff at Dundee Uni and a massive congratulations to all the graduating class of … [Read more...] about Honorary degree for Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody
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Thespian Sir Nigel Hawthorne had arrived in true dramatic style, amid a thunderstorm. The year was 1999 and the legendary stage and screen actor – best known for Yes Prime Minister – was about to pick up an honorary degree from Keele University . “At least you know what you are getting when you come here, which you don’t with the other awards,” he told me. “When I was at the Oscars the year Tom Hanks won for Forest Gump, there were cameras virtually up my nostrils as they said, ‘and the winner is...’.” The cameras kept a more respectable distance as The Madness of King George star strode up to collect his ‘doctor of letters’ from Keele. Honorary degrees – first awarded by Oxford as far back as the 15th century – have now become a staple of graduation ceremonies. They are a bit like the Queen’s New Year’s Honours. The most fitting recipients are those who have really made a difference in the local … [Read more...] about Should celebrities be awarded honorary degrees?
Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow will be heading to North Staffordshire for his latest assignment – to pick up an honorary degree. The veteran broadcaster is to be officially recognised by Keele University for his ‘outstanding contribution’ to journalism. In a career spanning 45 years, he has reported from far-flung locations, ranging from Washington DC and the killing fields of Sri Lanka to Uganda where he had a close brush with dictator Idi Amin. Jon’s personal highlights also include covering the release of Nelson Mandela. But his trip to Keele will be a more relaxed affair when the 70-year-old is awarded a doctor of letters next month. The list of honorary degree recipients also recognises people who have excelled in a range of fields and it features no fewer than four Keele graduates. They include conservationist and tropical biologist Ian Redmond, who is renowned for his work on mountain gorillas and has been involved in more than 50 documentaries on the … [Read more...] about Breaking news: Channel 4’s Jon Snow to get honorary degree from Keele
The Associated Press Published 3:34 p.m. UTC May 28, 2018 PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Sting sang My One and Only Love at Brown University after he and his wife Trudie Styler accepted honorary degrees. Brown presented the couple with Doctor of Humane Letters degrees on Sunday at its 250th commencement. Nobel Prize-winning physicist J. Michael Kosterlitz was among the other honorees. The British musician formed pioneering rock band The Police in 1977 with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. He and Styler co-founded an environmental organization, the Rainforest Fund, to protect the world's rainforests. The university conferred a total of 2,795 degrees to undergraduate, graduate, medical and honorary students. Before commencement, students walked from the Brown campus to the First Baptist Church in America. Located in Providence, it's the oldest Baptist church congregation in the United States. More: Shaggy and Sting's collaborative album '44/876' is a baffling joy … [Read more...] about That’s Dr. Sting to you: Brown gave him an honorary degree, so he sang his thanks
A BBC journalist, a Paralympic gold medallist and a NASA scientist are among those due to receive honorary degrees from the University of Warwick this summer. BBC journalist Stephen Sackur, Paralympic rower Pamela Relph, South African conflict mediator Peter Harris and NASA scientist Douglas Terrier are on the list of honours due to take place at the university’s 2018 summer graduation ceremonies in July. Stephen Sackur - Hon DLitt (Honorary Doctor of Letters) Renowned British journalist Stephen Sackur is the award-winning presenter of HARDtalk, BBC World News’ flagship current affairs interview programme. He has been a journalist with BBC News since 1986 and has also made several documentaries for Panorama. He was the first correspondent to break the story of the mass killing on the Basra road out of Kuwait City, marking the end of the war. Pamela Relph MBE - Hon DSc (Honorary Doctor of Science) Pamela Jones (née Relph when she received her Paralympic gold … [Read more...] about BBC journalist, Paralympian and NASA scientist to get honorary degrees