Family and friends flocked to watch successful students receive their degrees. More than 1,000 students were presented over the four days of graduation ceremonies at the Albert Halls in the magnificent Bolton Town Hall.

The university’s Chancellor, the Earl of St Andrews, conferred degrees on the first two days.

Prof George E Holmes DL, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bolton, said he was proud of the students’ achievements. He said: “This week is the culmination of a tremendous amount of hard work on behalf of the students and staff at the university. We put the students at the heart of everything we do at this university and that has been backed up by the University of Bolton being named for the third year running as number one in Greater Manchester in the annual National Student Survey.”

He added: “We are also delighted to award honorary doctorates to a variety of distinguished guests who have all been outstanding in their own particular field of expertise.”

Throughout the week, honorary doctorates were presented to distinguished guests who had made outstanding contributions in many areas including:

  • Special Olympics medallist, Kiera Byland
  • Bill Dawson, Director of the university’s Institute of Management
  • Rohan Pallewatta, Sri Lanka’s Social Democratic Party Presidential candidate

Other honorary doctorate awards included:

  • The Right Hon Sir John Hayes CBE MP, Doctor of Education
  • Sir John Sorrell CBE, Doctor of Education
  • Andrew Cowan, Doctor of Business Administration
  • Elena Ambrosiadou, Doctor of Business Administration
  • Professor Patrick Trodden, Doctor of Education
  • Professor Nawal Prinja, Doctor of Engineering
  • Rolf Richterich, Doctor of Engineering
  • Mr Peter Cowgill, Doctor of Business Administration
  • Sue Lomax, Doctor of Education
  • Professor Christopher Bigsby, Doctor of Arts
  • Sir Cary Cooper CBE, Doctor of Education
  • Mr Robert Fernley, Doctor of Engineering
  • Dr Selva Pankaj, Doctor of Education
  • Mr Maurizio Bragagni, Doctor of Business Administration
  • Atul Pathak OBE, Doctor of Business Administration
  • Karen Partington, Doctor of Health Care
  • Andrew Fleming, Doctor of Philosophy
  • Sir David Dalton, Doctor of Health Care
  • Dr Onalenna Stannie Seitio-Kgokgwe, Doctor of Education
  • Sue Luke, Doctor of Arts

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