MORE than 3,900 University of Worcester students will be celebrated in graduate ceremonies next week.

Graduates and their families will fill Worcester Cathedral for each of the 10 separate ceremonies, to be held over four days between Tuesday and Friday (November 5-8).

This record number of graduates comes in the year when the Times Higher Education rated the University of Worcester number one in the UK for quality education due to the impact its graduates have in society.

This year’s recipients of Honorary Doctorates are; one of the country’s leading businessmen, Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE; outstanding scientist and campaigner for science education, Professor Dame Athene Donald DBE FRS and Head of Churchill College Cambridge; and teacher and diversity champion, Andrew Moffat MBE who was recently named in the top 10 of global teachers.

Fellowships will be awarded to poet, teacher and spoken word performer, Casey Bailey; leading Herefordshire publisher, Janetta Otter-Barry; and Chair of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and phone company ‘Giffgaff’ Mark Stansfeld.

University Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor David Green, said: “We are very much looking forward to this year’s graduation ceremonies, celebrating the achievements of so many graduates who have worked hard to achieve their degrees.

“Our graduates go on to make such valuable contributions in society as scientists, nurses, teachers, midwives, early years, health care and education professionals and more."