Lord Blair and John Sergeant set to receive honorary degrees
Award-winning journalist John Sergeant and former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Blair will be receiving honorary degrees from the University of Lincoln next week.
The pair will be among the Honorary guests joining the University's largest ever cohort of graduating students, as they collect their degree certificates during a week of celebrations.
The ten Graduation ceremonies, which take place at Lincoln Cathedral from Monday 2 – Thursday 5 September, will be attended by more than 14,000 people and will see 3,000 students graduate from the University.
On Tuesday September 3, Lord Ian Blair of Boughton will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Laws in recognition of his significant contribution to the Metropolitan Police Force.
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Lord Blair was the most senior police officer in Britain from 2005-2008, and during this time was widely regarded as a leading exponent of police reform.
In a career spanning five decades, John Sergeant has become one of the nation’s most distinguished journalists.
John has reported from more than 25 countries for ITV and the BBC, for whom he was Chief Political Correspondent for 12 years.
In 2008 he was a much-celebrated contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, and now he is a regular contributor to popular TV panel shows.
Also on Tuesday September 3, John will become an Honorary Doctor of Letters.
They will be joined by other honorary graduates, including Chief Executive of the British Library Roly Keating, architectural historian Anne Coltman OBE, organist at Lincoln Cathedral Colin Walsh and Graham Secker, Pro Chancellor at the University of Lincoln.