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21st January 2013, 3:07pm  (updated 24th January 2013, 9:18am)
John Hurt CBE joins honoraries at January graduation
An Evening with John Hurt CBE (Photo courtesy of Electric Egg) BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning actor John Hurt CBE joined students, staff and guests at the University of Lincoln’s graduation ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral on Wednesday 23rd January.

Educated in Lincoln and Grimsby, John Hurt returned to Lincolnshire to become an Honorary Doctor of Arts at the University of Lincoln, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to television, film and theatre.

During a career spanning six decades, he has appeared in more than 100 films including The Elephant Man, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and Harry Potter, as well as being a celebrated Shakespearian, theatre and television actor. He has received two Academy Award nominations, one Golden Globe and four BAFTA Awards, the last of which being the 2012 Michael Balcon Award for his Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.

As part of his visit, John Hurt also spoke about his life in the spotlight and explored his Lincolnshire roots as he joined Professor David Sleight, Dean for Public Engagement at the University of Lincoln, for An Evening with John Hurt CBE. Presented in association with Lincoln Film Society’s 60th Anniversary Year and as part of the University’s new Great Minds series of events, he discussed his illustrious film career before an invited audience in the LPAC Auditorium on Tuesday 22nd January.

John Hurt was then joined at Wednesday's graduation by other honorary guests. Baroness Ruth Lister became an Honorary Doctor of Science, and Squadron Leader Jim Nadin RAFR received an Honorary MBA. The University’s new honorary graduates were also joined at the ceremonies by more than 500 graduating students, most of whom received postgraduate qualifications.

Mum-of-three and first class honours Nursing graduate Natalie Liddle was in attendance to celebrate her graduation. Following the completion of her degree, Natalie is already on the path to a successful career in the healthcare sector after being selected as one of just 15 nurse leaders of the future. As part of an exclusive accelerated four-year leadership programme at UCL Partners, Natalie is now employed by Barts Health NHS Trust, which encompasses some of the largest hospitals in the country. She joined other students collecting their BSc (Hons) Nursing degrees at Lincoln Cathedral.

Vice Chancellor Professor Mary Stuart said: "Graduation is a wonderful occasion for our students, their friends and families, and all of our staff. It brings into focus all the hard work that each and every graduate puts into achieving their degree, and is an important staging post in the next phase of their careers. It is also an opportunity to recognise through the award of a small number of honorary degrees the outstanding contributions made to our society by individuals who have excelled in their chosen fields. We were delighted to welcome all our guests to celebrate these achievements at our graduation ceremony."

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