Photo gallery: Comedian Julian Clary among those receiving degrees from University of East Anglia

UEA graduation ceremony. Julian Clary receives an honourary degree. Picture: Denise Bradley UEA graduation ceremony. Julian Clary receives an honourary degree. Picture: Denise Bradley

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
8:45 AM

Comedian Julian Clary has become a doctor of civil law after receiving an honorary degree on the first day of ceremonies at the University of East Anglia.

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Clary, who received his degree yesterday morning alongside the classes of mathematics and pharmacy, has Norfolk connections as his mother was brought up in Stoke Ferry.

His association with Norfolk includes Christmas and summer holidays as a child spent happily in the county which he refers to as a “special place”.

Although Clary said he was initially surprised to hear that he would be honoured, he was keen to accept the honour and joins friends Stephen Fry and Jasper Conran among those to have also been honoured by the university in the past.

When asked what advice he would give to the students graduating from the UEA today, Clary said: “I would say not to worry, things happen without any planning. Well, that’s what I would say to my 20-year-old self.”

12 comments

  • la barbe

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • When I was a student in EAS (no longer a school but split into HIS etc) we were told UEA was known as the university of easy access , actually 20 years ago it was quite difficult to get into but since Blair decided everyone should have a degree regardless of their ability so they could work in a call centre or clearing drains (in my case) then it's reputation has gone down.

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    blister

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Hey Larson. Are you off to work at your non job at the UEA then ?

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    "V"

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • What a load rubbish, what has he done to deserve this. Waste of money

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Blister has a degree !...ho ho...presumably in drainogly. Off to work now as some of us live in the real world and can't loiter all day on Archant forums under a variety of names and living off benefits.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Morning Larson. I thought you were still on holiday. Nice to see you are back, "kicking bottom". ha ha ha

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    "V"

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Keep 'em coming John.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Just devalues degrees, might as well chuck mine in a bin, there used to be a notice over some of the toilet roll dispensers saying'UEA degree, please take one' giving an honours degree to Celebrities proves this is true

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    blister

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • How can a troll call someone else a troll? Takes one to know one I suppose.

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    Piranha24

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • When they introduce a degree in trolling you will be first in line.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Just goes to show how worthless the UEA degrees are when they have to give them away. Where's mine then UEA ?. Oh yes, of course. Theres no publicity for the higher ups, is there. I wonder if Honorary degrees are actually legal, when others have to work for them. It smacks of discrmination.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • What utter nonsense.

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    Vic Sponge

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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