Pete Cresswell receiving his Honorary Degree from Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Beer
It was time to celebrate this week as nearly 3,000 students graduated, alongside our diverse mix of honorary graduates, each of whom were recognised for their contribution to Liverpool life.
The ceremonies took place at the iconic Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
For many of our online degree graduates it was their visit to Liverpool and a great chance to celebrate with their tutors, fellow students and friends from all around the world.
Pete Cresswell, a former University of Liverpool student who was expelled for his part in a 1970 protest againstUniversity investment in apartheid South Africa, was awarded an Honorary Degree of Batchelor of Arts. He was joined by some of his fellow students and friends who were part of the student occupation of Senate House.
Jean-Luc Courcoult, founder of the street theatre company Royal de Luxe and creator of the Liverpool Giants, was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters. At the ceremony he said the degree “reinforces the love I have for this city.”
April Ashley MBE, a former Vogue model, actress and restaurateur who became one of the world’s most famous transgender individuals and was instrumental in lobbying the government to pass the Gender Recognition Act in 2004, was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws.
Internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation, classical pianist Paul Lewis CBE was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music.
Professor Phil Scraton, who was recently given the Freedom of the City of Liverpool for his work on Hillsborough, and other contributions to research in the city, was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws.
Catherine Jones, the University’s former Academic Secretary, and the first female to hold the post, was awarded an Honorary Fellowship.
Celebrations with family and friends were captured in our alumni graduation photo booth. Our graduates are now part of a network of more than 195,000 graduates located all over the world. To find out more please visit our alumni webpages.
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