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Our honorary graduates

Our honorary graduates

Each year, we present a small number of honorary degrees to people who have made a significant contribution to the world. They receive their awards at one of our awards ceremonies and become part of the BU community.

Some return to offer guest lectures, while others support the university in different ways. All share our commitment to excellence and our passion for education, research and professional practice. 

We hope you find their stories inspirational.

Find out more

Art and animation

Art and animation

Find out more about the people we have awarded Honorary Degrees in recognition of their services to art and animation.

Business and entrepreneurship

Business and entrepreneurship

Read about the people we have awarded Honorary Degrees in recognition of their services to business and entrepreneurship.

RNLI lifeboat

Charity

Discover more about the people we have awarded Honorary Degrees in recognition of their services to charity.

Education

Education

Learn about the people we have awarded Honorary Degrees in recognition of their services to education.

Engineering

Engineering

Find out more about the people we have awarded Honorary Degrees in recognition of their services to engineering.

Healthcare

Healthcare

Discover more about the people we have awarded Honorary Degrees in recognition of their services to healthcare.

Journalism

Journalism

Read about the people we have awarded Honorary Degrees in recognition of their services to journalism.

Law

Law

Learn more about the people we have awarded Honorary Degrees in recognition of their services to law.

Media and entertainment

Media and entertainment

Take a look at the people we have awarded Honorary Degrees in recognition of their services to drama.

Music

Music

Take a look at the people we have awarded Honorary Degrees in recognition of their services to music.

Science

Science

Read more about the people we have awarded Honorary Degrees in recognition of their services to science.

Sport

Sport

Discover more about the people we have awarded Honorary Degrees in recognition of their services to sport.