Scots inspire success at GCU winter graduations

22 November 2016

Scots inspire success at GCU winter graduations

Boyd Tunnock was conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration.

Three successful Scots inspired more than 900 graduates at Glasgow Caledonian University’s winter graduation ceremonies held today (Tuesday, November 22) at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.

Boyd Tunnock CBE, Douglas Dawson and Mike Foley received honorary degrees for their outstanding contribution to industry. They joined graduates celebrating academic success from GCU’s School of Engineering and Built Environment and the School of Health and Life Sciences. 

Addressing students, Boyd thanked the University for bestowing the award on a ‘humble baker’. He spoke of the legacy of Thomas Tunnock Limited, where he began working at eight years of age, before going on to launch the firm’s world-famous Teacakes. He is now Chairman and Managing Director of the company. He was conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE.

He said: “The best advice I ever received was: 'If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again'.”

Industry leaders Douglas Dawson, Chief Executive of Liberty Industries Group, and Mike Foley, Chief Financial Officer of Unity Technologies, were honoured with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Engineering in an earlier ceremony. 

Douglas, an alumnus of GCU and prominent business leader within the field of engineering, manufacturing and industrial sectors, spoke of his time studying at GCU and how far the University had come since his graduation.

He said: “As you embark on your career, you will come across adversity, failure and disappointment, but it is how you respond to it that matters and this will define you.”

Mike, who was honoured for his work to widen access to digital education within Glasgow communities, advised students to take a risk and keep learning. He said: “We are on the cusp of a technology revolution that will change how we live and how we work. Virtual reality and augmented reality will be a far bigger shift than the PC or the smartphone ever was. Virtual reality will change education forever.”

Tomorrow’s ceremony will honour Anna Cirignaco, owner and Managing Director of Elezanga Sposa, and Charles Berry, Chairman of Weir Group.