Celebrating the success of University’s newest graduates.

Posted on 30th October 2015

 

More than 2,900 students from the University of Chester will gather together to celebrate their academic achievements over four days of Graduation this week in the presence of eminent figures in their field.

Graduation Ceremonies take place this week
Graduation Ceremonies take place this week

 

The graduands will enjoy a special day to remember and join Chester’s numerous alumni when they graduate across 11 ceremonies at Chester Cathedral from Tuesday, November 3 to Friday, November 6.

The graduates-to-be will be congratulated by the University’s Chancellor, His Grace the Duke of Westminster KG CB CVO OBE TD CD DL who will be the Presiding Officer at the ceremonies held on Thursday and Friday mornings. Professor Tim Wheeler, the University’s Vice-Chancellor will act in that capacity for the remainder.

They will be joined by a group of eminent individuals who will each be awarded an Honorary Degree for outstanding achievements in their chosen field.

Professor Wheeler said: “Each graduation ceremony represents all the hard work and dedication and all that our graduates have achieved. We congratulate them and wish them all good luck in their careers as they go forward into their futures.

“It is always a proud moment to see our latest graduates gather with family and friends to celebrate this special occasion and we believe it is one of the most memorable of their lives.

“We are also delighted to welcome 11 outstanding individuals who have given so much to the local community and society as a whole. They thoroughly deserve their Honorary Degrees after all they have achieved and we are proud to have them join us on these special occasions.”

The celebrated names are:

  • Tuesday, November 3Mike Potter CBE will receive a Doctor of Science in recognition of his roles as Principal for both Wirral Metropolitan College and Guildford College; John Lea DL will receive a Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of his outstanding contribution to business in the county and in particular recognition of his role of High Sheriff of Cheshire and Nicola Horlick will receive a Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of her outstanding contribution to business and entrepreneurship in this country.
  • Wednesday, November 4David Parr will receive a Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of his outstanding contribution to local government and in particular recognition of his role as Chief Executive for Halton Borough Council; Sir Philip Craven MBE will receive a Doctor of Letters in recognition of his outstanding contribution to and accomplishments in the field of Paralympic sport particularly regarding his presiding over the International Paralympic Committee and Diana Skilbeck MBE will receive a Master of Arts for her outstanding contribution to education in the country, particularly in her role as President of the Boat Museum Society.
  • Thursday, November 5Mark Cavendish MBE will receive a Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to and accomplishments in the field of professional road and track cycling and David Barlow will receive a Master of Arts in recognition of his outstanding contribution to local business in the electrical sector with Barlow’s Electrical.
  • Friday, November 6Clare Hayward DL will receive a Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of her outstanding contribution to business and entrepreneurship in this country; Finbarr Dowling will receive a Doctor of Engineering in recognition for his outstanding contribution to engineering and electronics, including his position in Siemens, Congleton and Ruth Lea CBE will receive a Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of economics, both in the UK and internationally.