Three ceremonies at Leicester’s Curve theatre brought De Montfort University’s graduation week to a close on Saturday (21 July).
Joining the students from the Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities to receive their degree certificates were two people whose contributions to the arts and media have been recognised by the university.
Paul Kerryson, artistic director at Curve, was awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his significant contribution to theatre and the arts.
Standing on the stage of the theatre that he helped to create, Paul admitted to feeling strangely nervous.
“I’ve stood on this stage so often, but now I’m out of my comfort zone!” he said.
“I am absolutely and genuinely overwhelmed to receive this honorary doctorate from such a forward-looking and renowned university as DMU – but it’s particularly special for me to receive the honour on this stage, in this building that’s been such an important part of my career.”
Paul – who is now an Honorary Doctor of Arts – said that his late father would have been proud to see him in the gowns of academia.
“Dad despaired over my career choice and wanted me to go to university,” he said.
“If he could see me now, he’d say: ‘It’s taken a long time but at last I’ve seen you in a cap and gown!’”
Addressing the students in the auditorium, he said: “You’re setting off on a great adventure. And it is an adventure! Never lose your sense of fun and keep the friends who truly matter. It’s your time today – and I wish you every success in your adventure.”
Also honoured by DMU was broadcaster and journalist Moira Stuart OBE.
Ms Stuart, who becomes an Honorary Doctor of Letters, said she was proud to be recognised by the university, and wanted to express her admiration for the graduating students whom she called “a real credit to their families, the community and the country.”
Professor Dominic Shellard, Vice-Chancellor of De Montfort University, said: “It’s been an amazing week, with more than 4,000 students graduating from the university.
“I’m extremely proud of them all and wish them well as they embark on the next stage of their lives, whether it’s a further period of study or the start of an exciting career.”
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