Singer-songwriter James Bay awarded Honorary Degree at Bedfordshire

Wed 26 July, 2017
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It was hard for University of Bedfordshire graduates to hold back their excitement when Brit Award-winner James Bay collected an honorary award at their graduation ceremony (24th July).

The Hitchin-born singer-songwriter, best known for the 2015 hit Hold Back the River, joined students at the Putteridge Bury campus, where he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music for his outstanding contribution to the music industry.

Speaking to the excited graduates, James said: “Congratulations to you guys today - what an amazing achievement. Always follow your heart, gut and passion and do things that make you feel good. Have the courage to follow your heart.”

James was joined by legends of the realms of journalism, former Science and Medical Editor for ITV News Lawrence McGinty and the BBC’s Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet OBE.

Lawrence McGinty

Lawrence, who was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts for his outstanding contribution to broadcast media, congratulated the graduates on their successes, advising them to “go out tonight and have a great time.”

Lyse, who has covered all major wars in the Middle East since the mid-1990s, collected her Honorary Doctor of Arts in front of graduates from the University’s School of Culture and Communications - many of whom had completed degrees in Journalism.

Lyse Doucet OBE

“You will find that journalism is about you making a difference to people’s lives, but also them making a difference to yours,” Lyse told the graduates. “Never forget that the key quality of being a journalist is kindness – kindness to strangers, your colleagues and your competitors.”

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