John Nettles, Angela Rippon and founders of Specsavers to get honorary doctorates in Plymouth
Actor John Nettles and television presenter Angela Rippon are to be awarded honorary doctorates as part of Plymouth University’s 150th anniversary graduation celebrations.
John, famous for his fictional detectives Bergerac and Detective Tom Barnaby, and Angela, who has graced screens for four decades in shows such as Come Dancing and Antiques Roadshow, will both receive Honorary Doctorates of Art next week.
The pair will join thousands of students on the Hoe in Plymouth, and a host of other honorary awardees, who will be recognised for the outstanding contribution they have made in their particular field.
They include Robin Hanbury-Tenison, one of the most decorated explorers in the country, and Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, who will both receive Honorary Doctorates of Science.
The husband and wife founders of Specsavers, Dame Mary Perkins and Douglas Perkins, will be awarded Honorary Doctorates of Health, and award-winning farming entrepreneur Chris Murray will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Business.
And Baroness Helena Kennedy, one of the country’s leading human rights lawyers, and champion of widening participation in education, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Law.
Professor Wendy Purcell, Vice-Chancellor of Plymouth University, said: “Graduation is rightly the highlight of our academic year and a proud day for our graduates. It’s a ceremonial occasion and a celebration of student achievement shared with families, friends, our staff team, and partners in the City and wider region.
"Each year we also have the privilege of bestowing honorary academic degrees upon a select number of eminent people whose achievements reflect the mission and values of our University across a range of disciplines. I am very proud of all our graduates – they distinguish this University through their efforts."
It is the fifth year that the University’s graduation has been held on the Hoe, and once again the ceremonies are preceded by a week of public engagement and community events.
A celebration of innovation and entrepreneurialism will be the theme for the 4th annual Vice-Chancellor’s Enterprise Awards on Saturday 15th September, when students, staff, graduates, businesses and community organisations will attend a gala dinner. The marquees will also host a 30th Anniversary dinner for St Luke’s Hospice on Friday 14th; and events associated with the Plymouth Marine City Festival, and the Plymouth International Book Festival.
Professor Purcell added: “Our 150th anniversary celebrations are reaching a peak in September and October, so Graduation 2012 promises to be more exciting than ever – and our return to the Hoe will provide an opportunity to reflect upon our deep connection with the sea and our founding of the School of Navigation.”