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Thursday 30 July 2015

Queen's University awards honorary degree to singer Katie Melua

Melua joins list of star names to be honoured by universities

By Joanne Fleming

Published 07/07/2014 | 11:00

FLASHBACK TO GRADUATIONS:  Catherine Wegwermer (L) cousin of Actor Ciaran Hinds and her daughter Ruth Claire (R)  (who graduated in Geography First Class) are reuinted after Ciaran was honoured at Queen's University Belfast. Photo/Paul McErlane
FLASHBACK TO GRADUATIONS: Catherine Wegwermer (L) cousin of Actor Ciaran Hinds and her daughter Ruth Claire (R) (who graduated in Geography First Class) are reuinted after Ciaran was honoured at Queen's University Belfast. Photo/Paul McErlane
Anne Orr with husband Steve, twins Chloe and Adam, and Megan (3). Anne graduted with a Masters in Social Science, Organisation and Management and says she can't speak highly enough of the support she received from Queen's
Celebrating their graduation at Queen's University are (L-R) (L-R) Iqzat Jamil, Ali Zamikan, Mohammad Nasrin Napiah, April Hwang, Bazlie Asmie Abu Bakas, Muhammad Nazirul Rawi Awareg Zaiman, and Nick Daniel. Photo/Paul McErlane
Trudy Anderson from Lurgan celebrates her graduation at Queens University alongside her dad Trevor, mum Helen and boyfriend Ross Uprichard. Trudy graduated with a Masters in Architecture. Photo/Paul McErlane
6. Dr Alan McKay from Belfast graduated with a PhD in Philosophy from Queens University his fifth degree from Queens. Dr McKay, a 68 year-old and retired consultant anaesthetist, first graduated from the University with a medical degree in 1970. He is pictured with his wife Catherine, daughter Jilly Cameron and four-month old grandson Miles, to whom he dedicated his PhD thesis. Photo/Paul McErlane
(L-R) DK Amal Nadiah PG Haji Yussop, Siti Norlisa HJ Salleh and Norazeerah HJ Abdul Rahman, who are all from Brunei, graduate together from Queens Universitys School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering.
Queens University Environmental Planning graduates (L-R) Laura Conway (Armagh), Matthew Doak (Londonderry), Niall Boyd (Belfast), Conor McGarry (Ballycastle), Kerry Campbell (Armagh), John Murray (Larne), Diarmuid Mazarie (Newcastle) and Eoin Mulvaney (Newry) celebrate their graduation from Queens School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering. Photo/Paul McErlane
The newest graduates from Queens Universitys School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering and the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy include (L-R) Victoria Watts, Joe Swindon, Carys Barry, John Kelly and Aoife Kelly. Photo/Paul McErlane
The Rice family from Attical celebrate mum Annes graduation at Queens University. Anne received a PhD from Queens School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering. Helping her celebrate are sons John, James, Stephen, husband Michael, daughter Eilish, Annes mother Eileen McAleenan and son Michael. Photo/Paul McErlane
Lucinda Bell from Armagh and Emma Burney from Portadown who graduated with BEd degree in Primary Teaching from Queen's University.
Singer Katie Melua with her husband James Toseland pose for a photograph after Graduation at Queen's University Belfast, Saturday Photo/Paul McErlane
Practising what she preaches: Lynne Spence from Bangor is graduating from Queen's with a MSSc in Organisation and Management. Lynne works in the School of Psychology at Queen's.
No 1 Student: Graduation at Queens this week marks the end to a special year for Leonard Maguire from Dungannon. The Queen's dental graduate was ranked the number one student in the UK in the National Dental Foundation Training assessment procedure, after beating off competition from more than 1200 final year dental students from across the UK's 16 Dental Schools and from Dental Schools in Europe.
Queen's graduate Madi McKnight and her daughter Melissa. Madi is graduating with a degree in Criminology, while daughter Melissa has graduated from the University of Bradford with a physiotherapy degree. Photo/Paul McErlane
Queen's student Sinead Loughran, originally from New York and now living in Pomeroy, is graduating in Law. Sinead is currently enjoying her place on the Clinton Summer School at Queen's Riddel Hall.
Franklin Anekwe from Nigeria who is graduating in Business Economics. During his studies Frankiln won the Shaw Memorial Prize award for the Best Performing Level 2 student in Business Economics, he now intends to start an International MBA at Queen's.
Lisa May from Portadown gratuated with a BA Hons degree in Early Childhood Studies from Queen's University. After graduation she plans to continue as a Manger of First Step Junior Nursery in Portadown.
Catherine Power from Newtownards graduated with a BA in Early Childhood Studies at Queen's University and is continuing her studies with a PGCE in Liverpool in September.
Philip McKane from Carrickfergus and Niamh McDade from Lurgan graduated with a degree in Business Enterprise from Queen's University.
Kahloong Low, from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, graduated with a BSc in Finance from Queen's University.
Jenna McCollum from Larne who has secured a post in Cairncastle Primary School, Caroline Ferguson from Lisburn, Jade Drury from Lisburn has secured a post at Bessbrook Primary, Emily Sloane from Lisburn has secured a job at Cavehill Primary, Joanna McNeill from Belfast has secured a post at Castle Garden Primary and Karen Waddell from Banbridge has secured a job at Ceara Special School all graduated from Queen's University.
Left to right - Steven Crawford from Ballymena, Aaron Stewart from Magherafelt, Michael Armstrong from Ballymena, Derek Lynch from Londonderry and Graham Thompson from Bushmills all graduated with a degree in Health and Leisure from Queen's University.
Celebrating is Bellaghy graduate Christopher Diamond along with his parents Margaret and Gerry. Christopher has graduated with a BScHons in Accounting from Queen's University Managment School.
Queen's Midwifery graduate Christina Mitchell pictured with her one week old daughter Zoe Isabella Mitchell and her husband Ryan Mitchell. Christina, from East Belfast, has been awarded the Dame Mary Upritchard Prize for academic excellence in midwifery studies. Photo/Paul McErlanePhoto/Paul McErlane
Carole Maslowski from Dunmurry has graduated from Queen's with a BA in Management and Business. Carole works in the University's Environmental Planning Office.
Picture perfect PhD: Well-known local artist Adrian Margey will graduate with a PhD from the School of Creative Arts at Queens this week. Focusing on Entrepreneurship and the Creative Industries, Adrian examined attitudes towards entrepreneurship and enterprise education within Northern Ireland's visual arts and theatre sectors. After graduation, the talented artist will be preparing for a range of new shows across Northern Ireland. ©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - June 27 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com
Darren Mullen from Lurgan graduating at Queen's University today (4 July) in Computer Science.
Rhiann Jeffrey from South Belfast is graduating from Queen's with a BA Hons in Drama. Rhiann will shortly begin work as the Extras Co-Ordinator on the BBC One NI series 'Six Degrees'.
Brother and sister Lyndsey and Stephen Herron from Keady Road, Armagh, are both graduating from Queen's with PhDs - Lyndsey's in Biological Sciences and Stephen in Social Anthropology.
One of Irelands leading businessmen and a renowned social anthropologist Dermot Desmond has been honoured for services to business and commerce at Queens University today (Thursday 3 July). Dermot Desmond is pictured with his daughters in law Zoe Desmond and Andrea Corr.
One of Irelands leading businessmen and a renowned social anthropologist Dermot Desmond has been honoured for services to business and commerce at Queens University today (Thursday 3 July).
Nurses and mums to be - Queen's Adult Nursing graduates Victoria Bradley from Bangor and Christine Devlin could be celbrating more than their graduation together, as both ladies have been given a due date for their babies of 30th of August. Both ladies are also attending the Ulster Hospital. Photo/Paul McErlane
Alisha Donnelly, The Brantry, Dungannon and Danielle Duffin, Moneyglass, who graduated from Queen's in adult nursing. Photo/Paul McErlane
Catherine and Helen are graduating with BSc (intercalated) Medical Science and Jonathan with his medical degree.
Kamran Afzal from Portadown graduating from Queen's University in Computer Information Technology.
Nur Farahin Abdul Rahim, from Malaysia, is graduating today (Friday) from the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queens University. She begins work as a doctor in Hull Royal Infirmary after she graduates.She is pictured with her father Abdul, mother Nafisah, and sister Nur Fazdlin.
Triple Crown: Queen's student Stephen McCaffrey from Omagh has three reasons to celebrate this week. After being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma during his studies, Stephen has been given the all-clear, is set to graduate with a Masters of Engineering and has secured a coveted graduate job with Jaguar Land Rover.
No 1 Student: Graduation at Queens this week marks the end to a special year for Leonard Maguire from Dungannon. The Queen's dental graduate was ranked the number one student in the UK in the National Dental Foundation Training assessment procedure, after beating off competition from more than 1200 final year dental students from across the UK's 16 Dental Schools and from Dental Schools in Europe.
Karl O'Hagan from Moortown graduated with e BEd in business and ICT and Niall Morgan from Dungannon graduated with a BEd in Maths and Sciences from Queen's University today.
Professor Alice Brown was honoured for services to education and social justice at Queen's University.
Claire Duffy graduated with a BEd in Business Studies and History and Caroline McKenna graduated with a BEd in Business Studies and English from Queen's University today, Friday 4 July 2014.
Karl O'Hagan from Moortown graduated with e BEd in business and ICT and Niall Morgan from Dungannon graduated with a BEd in Maths and Sciences from Queen's University today.
Sophie Hamilton, who gave birth to baby Freddy just two weeks ago, graduated with a degree in Biomedical Sciences from Queen's University today.
Sophie Hamilton, who had a baby just two weeks ago, graduated with a degree in Biomedical Sciences from Queen's University today.
Ciara Brogan from Trillick in Co. Tyrone graduating in Theology at Queen's and Nuala Kelly from Trillick, Co Tyrone graduating in Computer Information Technology.
Jessica Buchanan from Jordanstown is graduating from Queen's this week with a BSc in Business Managament. Jessica was shortlisted in the national Undergraduate of the Year Award and will begin a job with BDO after scuring a summer internship with Nestle.
Malaysian student Yin Kitt Ervin Chin who is graduating with a degree in Actuarial Science and Risk Management from Queen's University.
Queen's Midwifery graduate Christina Mitchell pictured with her one week old daughter Zoe Isabella Mitchell and her husband Ryan Mitchell. Christina, from East Belfast, has been awarded the Dame Mary Upritchard Prize for academic excellence in midwifery studies. Photo/Paul McErlanePhoto/Paul McErlane
Edel Neeson from Moneyglass and Rachel Stinson from Coleraine graduating from Queen's University in Computer Information Technology.
David, David and Eileen Lisk
Judith Hutchinson pictured with her mum and dad graduating from Queen's University with BSc in Business Information Technology.

Singer Katie Melua just couldn't hide her delight at receiving an honorary degree from Queen's University.

The smiling 29-year-old star threw her mortarboard in the air after becoming Belfast's latest Doctor of Letters, and said she had been inspired by the other graduates at her ceremony.

Katie is just one of the famous faces receiving honours this week alongside thousands of students at Northern Ireland's two universities.

Graduation season kicked off last week, but the celebrations will continue for thousands more students over the next few days at Queen's and the University of Ulster.

Another leading lady from the world of entertainment set to be hailed for her contribution to the arts is Touched By An Angel star Roma Downey.

The 54-year-old Emmy-nominated actress and producer from Londonderry is to be made an honorary Doctor of Fine Art for her outstanding contribution to acting and philanthropy.

Roma – now the second richest woman from Northern Ireland – will receive her scroll from the University of Ulster at Magee in a ceremony at Derry's Millennium Forum.

From humble beginnings in the city's Bogside, Roma first came to international attention in the 1991 role of Jacqueline Kennedy in the US mini-series A Woman Named Jackie.

She is best known as Monica in US show Touched By An Angel, which ran from 1994 to 2003. Roma was nominated twice for an Emmy and once for a Golden Globe for playing the angel.

More recently, she was behind epic blockbuster TV series The Bible, in which she played the role of Mary.

Ahead of today's ceremony, Roma tweeted a photograph of herself at The Playhouse in Derry on Saturday, where there was a special showing of Son of God –her big screen adaptation of The Bible – in aid of the Foyle Hospice.

Other well-known faces honoured by Northern Ireland's two universities this summer include Belfast actor Ciaran Hinds, Apprentice star Nick Hewer, Irish rugby's Brian O'Driscoll and champion jockey AP McCoy.

Katie Melua, who spent part of her childhood in Belfast, seemed particularly pleased with her honour.

"I consider Belfast a city very close to my heart and to be recognised in this way in the field of music is phenomenal," she said.

Tweeting after the ceremony, Katie said: "I felt so inspired by the Graduates thinking of all the phenomenal potential in the room."

And with a picture of the degree itself, she said: "Here is the degree! Always wished I had gone to U ni, now nearly made up for it!"

The singer was born in the former Soviet republic of Georgia but moved to Belfast at the age of eight.

She lived in the city for six years while her father worked as a doctor in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital.

She rose to fame at the age of 19 with the hit single The Closest Thing To Crazy.

Since then she has recorded five more studio albums and performed for the Queen and Nelson Mandela.

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