Students get set to celebrate

Four days of frantic celebrations begin at UEA today as 3,000 students and some 5,000 visitors converge on Norwich for this year's graduation ceremonies.

Four days of frantic celebrations begin at UEA today as 3,000 students and some 5,000 visitors converge on Norwich for this year's graduation ceremonies.

There will be 13 separate ceremonies covering subjects as diverse as American studies, maths, nursing and midwifery and creative writing.

Joining the celebrations this year will be 14 honorary graduates including legend-ary West Indies cricketer Michael Holding, writer and broadcaster Clive James and fertility expert Lord Robert Winston.

Students graduating today will be joined by British pianist and conductor Peter Donohue, who receives an honorary doctorate of music, and Nobel Prize winner Prof Sir John Walker, who will be presented with an honorary doctorate of science.

UEA registrar and secretary Brian Summers said: “Each year we honour individuals or organisations who have made a real difference in some way. Each of these men and women has made significant contributions.”