Video: Actor John Hurt set to hand out degrees to biggest-ever cohort of graduates from Norwich University of the Arts

Flashback to 2013: Students celebrate and enjoy the graduation ceremony for Norwich University of the Arts at St Andrews Hall where John Hurt presented the honours. Photo by Simon Finlay. Flashback to 2013: Students celebrate and enjoy the graduation ceremony for Norwich University of the Arts at St Andrews Hall where John Hurt presented the honours. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
9:15 AM

Celebrated actor John Hurt will today hand out degrees to the biggest ever cohort of graduates from the Norwich University of the Arts.

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More than 560 students will graduate with degrees in the arts, design and media at three graduation ceremonies taking place at St Andrews Hall throughout the day.

Three honorary doctorates will be announced, and postgraduate students who completed their Masters degrees in 2013 will also collect their certificates in the ceremonies.

The star of The Elephant Man and The Naked Civil Servant will address the students, who completed courses in subjects such as fine art, graphic design, fashion, animation and photography, in his role as chancellor of the university.

He said: “I offer our graduates my congratulations on their accomplishment. Make no mistake, the creative process is demanding and they have earned their degrees through blood, sweat and tears.

“But now, as they enter the world of the creative industries, the hard work really starts. I can think of no better preparation than the teaching they have received in the last three years at Norwich University of the Arts.”

The 2014 cohort represents the university’s largest ever group of graduating students. NUA achieved university status in 2013 and celebrates the 170th anniversary of its foundation with a year of events starting this September.

Vice-chancellor John Last said: “The ceremonies provide an opportunity for the whole institution to celebrate the efforts, commitment and achievements of our graduates as they progress into a new phase of their lives, be it entering a vocation or continuing into postgraduate education.

“We expect many to achieve positions of influence within the creative industries and hope they will draw their final piece of inspiration from the distinguished careers of the honorary doctors.”

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8 comments

  • Many countries tailor their education systems to suit the needs of their industries, we need to do the same. We need pragmatism when spending taxpayers money on universities, too much money is spent on degree courses which are in real terms utterly useless.

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    John Bridge

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Iclone, whenever business people are interviewed one constant seems to be complaints about the lack of graduates with technical skills. Higher education does not come cheap for the taxpayer, I feel that arty type universities are a luxury Britain can ill afford and have every right to comment how I see fit. I have two homes and am I am quite well and neither sad nor underachieved, perhaps the stupidity you refer to lies rather closer to home.

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    John Bridge

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • It's hard to believe how sad and stupid some people can be when they decide to leave a comment. The country isn't short of lonely and bitter underachievers I'm sorry to say.

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    iclone-2000

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Afternoon Whippers, glad to see you on patrol, we can all sleep soundly in our beds.

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    John Bridge

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • John Hurt to graduate: "You know it's not what you know, it's who you know - but don't let me put you off." By the way, I used to be quite famous - would you like to see my party trick? Yes? Have you got a breakfast table I could just lay on? I will warn you, it could put you off your coco-pops.

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    One Horse Town

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Yes , this is the go to forum for viewing the comments of ignorant philistines.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Art graduates, they will come in handy for a country that is short of engineers, medical people etc.

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    John Bridge

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Is this news ? Why do we need to know this ?

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    "V"

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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