Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and Tony McCoy receive honorary degrees
Two household names from the world of sport, Brendan Rodgers and Tony McCoy OBE, have been awarded honorary degrees.
Champion jump jockey McCoy (40), from Moneyglass, and Carnlough-born Liverpool manager Rodgers (41) have both been recognised for their outstanding contributions in their respective fields.
Rodgers has been a revelation since taking the reins at Anfield in the summer of 2012, guiding the club to second place in the Barclays Premier League and with it a return to Europe's top table, the Champions League, after five years in the wilderness.
The achievements of McCoy, known to race-goers as AP, are simply unsurpassed in the world of horse racing, with the jockey clocking up more than 4,000 wins in a 22-year career.
Thousands of higher education students will also be celebrating when they graduate from university over the next week.
Summer graduation ceremonies get under way today at the University of Ulster and the focus will turn to Queen's University Belfast on Wednesday when the first of 4,000 students are recognised.
Belfast Telegraph Digital