MORE than 2,000 students from the University of Chester are celebrating their graduation over the next three days.
Successful students will be joined by friends, family and university alumni when they graduate across nine ceremonies at Chester Cathedral.
Graduates will be congratulated by university chancellor His Grace the Duke of Westminster at two ceremonies and vice-chancellor Professor Tim Wheeler at the remaining ceremonies.
They will be joined by a group of eminent individuals who are being awarded honorary degrees for outstanding achievements in their chosen field.
Professor Wheeler said: “We wish all who graduate in this historic cathedral good luck in the future as they leave to follow their careers. Each graduation ceremony symbolises their hard work and dedication and all that they have achieved.
“It is always a real pleasure to see our latest graduates gather with family and friends to celebrate this moment and we believe it is one of the proudest of their lives.
“We are also delighted to welcome nine outstanding individuals who have given so much to the local community and society as a whole.
“They thoroughly deserve their honorary degrees and we are proud to have them join us on these special occasions.”
Among the celebrated names today will be industrialist and nuclear industry leader Neville Chamberlain CBE, physicist professor Sir John Enderby CBE and musician Jeffery Lockett MBE.
Scientist Dr Duncan Shaw MBE, Viscount Michael Ashbrook and Judge Derek Halbert will receive honorary degrees tomorrow.
Leading mathematician Professor Christopher Baker, Sir Donald Insall and Michael Trevor Barnston MBE will all receive their honorary awards on Friday.