STUDENTS from the University of Chester are celebrating their achievements this week.
More than 2,000 graduands will join Chester’s alumni following graduation ceremonies at Chester Cathedral, which started yesterday.
Continuing today (Thursday), graduates will be congratulated by the university’s vice chancellor, Professor Tim Wheeler, and at two ceremonies tomorrow (Friday) by the chancellor, the Duke of Westminster.
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: “We wish all who graduate in this historic cathedral good luck in the future as they leave to follow their careers. Each graduation ceremony symbolises their hard work and dedication and all that they have achieved.
“It is always a real pleasure to see our latest graduates gather with family and friends to celebrate this moment and we believe it is one of the proudest of their lives.
“We are also delighted to welcome nine outstanding individuals who have given so much to the local community and society as a whole. They thoroughly deserve their honorary degrees and we are proud to have them join us on these special occasions.”
Among the celebrated names receiving their honorary degrees yesterday were industrialist and nuclear industry leader Neville Chamberlain CBE, chairman of the Asian Elephant Appeal of Chester Zoo and a trustee of the North of England Zoological Society, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to business development in Cheshire, the north of England and internationally; physicist Professor Sir John Enderby CBE FRS, a former pupil of Chester City Grammar School, for his outstanding contribution of physics; and musician Jeffery Lockett MBE DL, for his outstanding contribution to opera.
Scientist Dr Duncan Shaw MBE, a governor of Chester College of Higher Education, now the university, for his outstanding contribution to the work of the university; Viscount Michael Ashbrook JP DL, president of Cheshire Community Council, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Cheshire; and Judge Derek Halbert, for his outstanding contribution to legal affairs in Cheshire, will receive honorary degrees today.
Leading mathematician Professor Christopher Baker, who was appointed honorary visiting professor at the University of Chester in 2009, for his outstanding contribution to mathematics; Sir Donald Insall FRIBA, for his outstanding contribution to architecture and conservation; and Michael Trevor Barnston MBE JP DL, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Chester and Cheshire business communities, will all receive their honorary awards tomorrow.