GCU celebrates Winter graduation ceremonies with honorary guests

25 November 2015

Students from GCU’s School of Health and Life Sciences and the School of Engineering and Built Environment are today (November 25) celebrating their graduations in winter ceremonies held at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Following an opening address from Chair of Court Mrs Hazel Brooke MBE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE capped the graduands and conferred awards in programmes including Public Health, Midwifery and Nursing, Construction Management, International Project Management and Quantity Surveying.

The University also honoured leading figures in recognition of their achievements.

Andy Scott, the Scottish sculptor of the landmark Kelpies monument, received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his renowned talent and creativity as a sculptor and his specialisms in the field of steel structures. The Kelpies, situated at the Helix Park in Falkirk, are a pair of horse heads 30 metres high and the largest works of art in Scotland.

Broadcaster Pat Nevin received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his contribution in the field of sports with a football career lasting over 20 years, his work as Chief Executive of Motherwell Football Club, football writer and broadcaster, and in recognition of his work as patron of Show Racism the Red Card, the educational charity, and as an anti-apartheid campaigner.

Ian Brander, Chief Executive Officer of Howden Group Limited, received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Engineering in recognition of his contribution globally in the field of engineering and the global reach, impact and significance that this has made, together with his continued work with, and assistance and support of, the Howden Academy at GCU.

Ian said: “In your career, as you make the transition from new graduate to highly valued member of the team, you can make an impact quickly. GCU is very strong in providing practical, vocational degrees which already stand you in good stead. Always deliver more than is asked of you, engage with the people who have the most experience and have a willingness to learn, and your career will accelerate.”

Archbishop Mario Conti, former Archbishop of Glasgow, received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his continued support and important part in the life of the City of Glasgow, as well as his strong relationships with GCU and support of the University’s Magnusson Awards.