BBC star Chris Evans gets an honorary degree at York Minster – and has a message for students

Chris Evans at York Minster for the graduation ceremony. Photograph: York St John University
15 Nov 2016 @ 8.57 pm
| Education

A very famous face was found under one of the mortar boards at York Minster on Tuesday (November 15).

DJ and broadcaster Chris Evans was one of those being given an honorary degree during the York St John University graduation ceremony.

And he had a special message for his fellow graduates: “Congratulations to the university class 2016 York… St John!”

He wasn’t the only BBC star honoured at the ceremony. Chief international correspondent for BBC World News Lyse Doucet was also awarded an honorary degree. And road racing cyclist Lizzie Deignan also picked up an award.

This year sees the university celebrate its 175th year and more than 2,000 York St John students will take part between November 15 and 17.

Other famous names to be awarded honorary degrees include Yorkshire-born chef and television presenter James Martin, investigative reporter Brian Deer and actor Julia Davis.

Sporting achievers to get the same honour include wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft and professional rugby league footballer Jamie Peacock.

Professor Karen Stanton, vice chancellor of York St John University, said:

Graduation is an exciting and rewarding time for all our students and this year we are delighted to be awarding honorary degrees to some truly inspirational people in our 175th year as an academic institution.

These individuals have all made an outstanding impact in their respective fields and will be an inspiration to our students for many years to come.