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Chris Evans amongst honorary graduates at York St John University

Published: 15 November 2016

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Chris Evans and Lizzie Deignan with Archbishop Dr John Sentamu at York St John University's Graduation Ceremony

Chris Evans, whose Radio 2 show regularly attracts around 9.5 million listeners a week, has also hosted hugely popular live television programmes including Channel 4’s The Big breakfast, Don’t Forget your Toothbrush and TFI Friday.

At the graduation award ceremony, which took place in the stunning setting of York Minster, Chris joined fellow honorary and champion cyclist Lizzie Deignan alongside hundreds of students as they were awarded degrees by York St John University Chancellor Archbishop Dr John Sentamu and Vice Chancellor Professor Karen Stanton.

Archbishop Sentamu first met Chris Evans when the Archbishop was a guest presenter of Pause for Thought on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show. He also co-presented a live broadcast of the Radio 2 Christmas Show from Bishopthorpe Palace in 2010.

Archbishop Dr John Sentamu said:

“It was my great pleasure to present Chris Evans with an honorary degree as Doctor of Business Administration at York St John University. Chris brings such energy and passion to everything he does and his unique style of warmth and entertainment make him a much-loved personality. I wish him and all our graduates my very best wishes and prayers as they continue to make their mark on the world.

Professor Karen Stanton, Vice Chancellor of York St John University, said:

“Each year, York St John awards honorary degrees to a small number of respected, influential and high-achieving individuals who inspire and motivate our students and graduates to achieve their potential. In this truly special year in which we celebrate 175 years as an academic institution, we were delighted to honour Chris Evan’s outstanding impact as one of the most creative and inspirational broadcasters of his generation”.

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