Celebrating the success of University’s newest graduates and the achievements of the great and the good.

Posted on 30th October 2017

More than 3,000 students from the University of Chester will gather together to celebrate their academic achievements over four days of Graduation next week.

David Suchet CBE
David Suchet CBE

They will be in the presence of eminent figures in their field, including the UK’s first female Bishop, a former Cabinet member and an EMMY award-winning actor.

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, October 31 to Friday, November 3.

The graduates-to-be will be congratulated by Chancellor Gyles Brandreth who will be the Presiding Officer having taken on the role earlier this year. He will take part in ceremonies one, two, eight, nine and 10, with Professor Tim Wheeler, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, as Presiding Officer in three, four, five, six, seven and 11, as well as attending all the ceremonies.

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.

“We always feel very proud seeing our latest graduates gather with family and friends to celebrate this special occasion and we aim to make it one of the most memorable of their lives in the beautiful surroundings of Chester Cathedral.

“We are also delighted to welcome 13 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 delighted to have them join us on these special occasions.”

The celebrated names are:

Tuesday, October 31

Ceremony one – 9.30am – Vicki Bulgin will receive a Master’s of Music, for her outstanding contribution to music in her role as Musical Director at the University of Chester.

Ceremony two – 11.45am – Lord David Willetts will receive a Doctor of Letters, for his outstanding contribution to higher education in his role as former Minister of State for Universities and Science.

Ceremony three – 3pm – The Right Reverend Michael Baughen will receive a Doctor of Divinity, for his outstanding contribution to Ministry in this country, in particular recognition of his role as Bishop of Chester and Chair of the Governing Body.

The Very Reverend Gordon McPhate – will receive a Doctor of Divinity, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Diocese of Chester during his time as Dean of Chester and to the University while serving on the governing body (University Council).

 

Wednesday, November 1

Ceremony four – 9.30am - Dame Sue Ion will receive a Doctor of Engineering, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the nuclear industry and the wider world of engineering.

Ceremony five – 11.45am – David Suchet CBE will receive a Doctor of Letters, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to drama and the arts.

Ceremony six – 3pm – John Greaves will receive a Master of Business Administration, for his outstanding contribution to external and internal communications at MBNA and more recently, as a board member of Marketing Cheshire.

Thursday, November 2

Ceremony seven – 10.30am – Jonathan Slater will receive a Master of Business Administration, for his outstanding contribution to the city of Chester as the former Managing Director of The Grosvenor Hotel and board member of Marketing Cheshire.

Ceremony eight – 2.30pm – Sir Algernon Heber-Percy will receive a Doctor of Letters, in recognition of his outstanding contribution in his role as Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire.

Friday, November 3

Ceremony nine – 9.30am – John Evans will receive a Doctor of Science, for his outstanding contribution to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as past President and to the University of Chester as a member of the University Council.

Canon Jeffrey Turnbull – will receive a Doctor of Education, for his outstanding contribution to education within the Diocese of Chester and as a member of the University Council.

Ceremony 10 – 11.45am - Richard Thomas will receive a Master of Business Administration, for his outstanding contribution to the city of Chester as Chief Executive of the Chester Race Company Ltd.

Ceremony 11 – 3pm – Bishop Libby Lane will receive a Doctor of Divinity, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Ministry in this country, in particular recognition of her role as Dean of Women in Ministry and Bishop of Stockport.