Excitement building for educational showpiece

10 July 2019

UCLan’s graduation ceremonies to take place from 15 to 19 July

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is preparing to welcome more than 16,000 people to its Preston Campus next week to celebrate this summer’s graduation ceremonies.

Between 15 July to 19 July, thousands of students will don their academic caps and gowns and take to the stage of a transformed Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre for the prestigious Degree and Award Ceremonies.

The University will host 19 graduation ceremonies over the space of five days after the sudden closure of the usual venue, Preston’s Guild Hall. Surrounding University buildings will host the gown hire, official photography and celebratory post-event reception.

Three people with strong links to the red rose county will all take to the stage to accept prestigious honorary fellowships.

Author and historian Gail Newsham, who will receive her award on Monday afternoon, is being recognised for her significant contribution to women’s football. She has dedicated her life to telling the story of the Preston-based Dick, Kerr Ladies Football Club, the most successful women’s team of all time.

Tuesday afternoon will see Kim Hawes receive her award for the significant contribution she has made to the music industry and tour management. Born in nearby Hesketh Bank, Kim has worked with artists such as the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Madonna, Motorhead, Black Sabbath and Robbie Williams.

Tony Attard OBE DL, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Burnley-based fabrics supplier Panaz, is being acknowledged on Wednesday afternoon for his significant contribution to the textile industry and international trade. He sits on the board of Creative Lancashire and is Chairman of both Marketing Lancashire and UCLan spin-out company Alusid. He has also served as High Sheriff of Lancashire.