University of Chester students prepare for special day

Published date: 14 March 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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THE culmination of years of hard work takes place for hundreds of University of Chester students at the city’s cathedral today.

About 550 students will attend two graduation ceremonies where they will receive their degrees from the chancellor, the Duke of Westminster, and vice-chancellor, Professor Tim Wheeler.

Prof Wheeler said: “Graduation is a proud day for our students, their families and their friends.

“It’s a chance to celebrate all that they have achieved throughout their university career and to look back at the years they have spent with the University of Chester.”

Joining the students on the day will be three honorary graduates who will receive degrees in relation to their exceptional impact on a specific field:

John Timpson CBE is receiving a Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the British retail industry and business theory and enterprise;

Avril Devaney is receiving a Master of Arts in recognition of her outstanding contribution to healthcare, including her work at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and in Uganda;

Louise Minchin is receiving a Doctor of Letters in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the British journalism and broadcasting industries.

Professor Wheeler added: “We are looking forward to welcoming these individuals to receive their Honorary Degrees – they have given so much to society, we are proud to have them join us on this very special day.”

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