University recognition for leading lights
A FAMOUS actor and a much-loved television presenter will join thousands of city students next weekend as they are awarded honorary doctorates.
John Nettles, famous for his fictional detectives Bergerac and Detective Tom Barnaby, and Angela Rippon, who has graced screens for four decades in shows such as Come Dancing and Antiques Roadshow, will both receive Honorary Doctorates of Art from Plymouth University as part of its 150th anniversary graduation celebrations.
The pair will join thousands of students on the Hoe, and a host of other honorary awardees, who will be recognised for the outstanding contribution they have made in their particular field.
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.
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"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."
Other honorary graduates will 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.
John Nettles, actor and author, will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts on Friday September 21, while Angela Rippon, presenter and broadcaster, will receive hers on Saturday September 22.