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Singer Ed Sheeran to get honorary degree from University Campus Suffolk

Published 12/08/2015

Ed Sheeran performs in concert at Croke Park, Dublin.
Ed Sheeran performs in concert at Croke Park, Dublin.

Singer songwriter Ed Sheeran is to be made a doctor as he is awarded an honorary degree.

The Thinking Out Loud and Don't star will be recognised by University Campus Suffolk (UCS), in his home county, at a ceremony later this year.

The 24-year-old, who spent his childhood in Framlingham, Suffolk, said he was delighted at the honour for his outstanding contribution to music.

He added: "I've had an amazing year with my world tour and this makes it even better.

"Suffolk is very much where I call home and I'm always welcomed back and get so much support.

"Receiving this recognition is a real privilege. UCS is at an exciting point in its development and I look forward to building links with UCS and its students in the months and years to come."

Other honorary graduates who will be recognised by the university this autumn include writer Ronald Blythe, best known for Akenfield: Portrait Of An English Village, an account of agricultural life in Suffolk.

Richard Lister, chief Executive of UCS, said: "We are delighted to be able to welcome such a distinguished group of individuals as honorary graduates and fellows.

"The range of backgrounds and professions that are represented and the quality of those accepting the award will enhance both the graduation ceremonies themselves and the life of the university in the future."

The honorary awards will be presented during formal graduation ceremonies celebrating the successes of approximately 1,800 students held across Suffolk and Great Yarmouth in September and October.

The university is yet to confirm which ceremony Sheeran will attend.

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