Radio 1 host Greg James finally attends UEA graduation - eight years after leaving the university

Radio 1 DJ Greg James receives a honorary degree from the UEA. Pictured with his parents Alan and Ro

Radio 1 DJ Greg James receives a honorary degree from the UEA. Pictured with his parents Alan and Rosemary. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

When he finished his degree in drama at the University of East Anglia, BBC Radio 1 Drivetime host Greg James missed his own graduation ceremony because of the pressing demands of his early career there.

James, now 29, was given the chance today, eight years later, to don the robe and become an honorary doctor.

He is among a host of notable figures being honoured in graduation ceremonies all week, which will see more than 3000 students awarded their degrees.

Before collecting his honorary doctorate of letters in the ceremony for health sciences awards, he said: 'I was covering a radio show at Radio 1 that day so I couldn't get here in time.

'I missed out on wearing the robe and hat, so I am really pleased it is happening today'


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He added, 'I spent three incredibly happy years here.

'It's brilliant to take stock and come back to the mighty UEA.'

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James, whose real surname is Milward, was joined by his parents, Rosemary and Alan Milward.

Mr Milward said: 'We are thrilled to be here today, it is such an honour.

'It is so delightful to be about to share this celebration, we are very proud.'

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