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Graduation celebrations

This year over 1,500 York St John graduating students celebrated their academic achievements in York Minster. The ceremonies took place on 18 and 19 November and were the first attended by Professor David Fleming in his capacity as Vice Chancellor. It was also the final year of the conferment of University of Leeds’ degrees.

James Caan, one of the all-powerful investors in the successful BBC series ‘Dragons’ Den’, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration at the ceremony on Thursday 18 November. James received his Honorary Degree in recognition of his success as an entrepreneur and business leader, and for his generosity in using his experience to advise other businesses and entrepreneurs, especially those from ethnic minority backgrounds.

On receiving his Honorary Degree, James said:

“I am incredibly honoured to receive such an accolade amongst students who have achieved so much. Having left school with no qualifications, I have been extremely fortunate to have enjoyed success in business. In this difficult economic climate, I would like to encourage all graduates to strive for success, and help them believe that if you have passion and unquestioning conviction in what you are doing you can achieve anything.”

York St John also honoured Valerie Taylor and Mr J Ramachandran at this year’s ceremonies. Valerie received an Honorary Doctor of Health Sciences from the University in recognition of her long and distinguished career and service to the poor and disabled people of Bangladesh. Mr Ramachandran was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Education in recognition of his contribution to education and social development in India.

For further information please contact Amy Hall, PR & Communications Officer on T: 01904 876466 or E: a.hall@yorksj.ac.uk