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Honorary doctorates to be conferred upon VIPs

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 15, 2012

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Plymouth University is set to confer honorary doctorates upon a host of prominent figures with Westcountry connections, as it marks its 150th anniversary graduation celebrations.

The high-profile business entrepreneurs, scientists and television personalities will receive their honours next week, as around 4,000 students also step up to receive their graduate and post-graduate awards. The ceremonies will take place at the university's graduationmarquees on Plymouth Hoe, between Monday and Saturday.

Farming entrepreneur Chris Murray, who is behind Devon attraction Pennywell Farm, will receive an honorary doctorate of business, as will Plymouth-based media group Twofour's founder, Charles Wace.

Adrian Vinken, chief executive of the Theatre Royal, and director of the National Skills Academy, is set to be awarded an honorary doctorate of arts, as are former newsreader Angela Rippon and actor John Nettles.

The university's vice-chancellor Professor Wendy Purcell said: "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."

The university is also set to celebrate innovation and entreprise at its annual Vice-Chancellor's Enterprise Awards this evening, attended by students, staff, graduates, businesses and community organisations.

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