Sergeant hails 'golden age' for students
Veteran broadcast journalist John Sergeant said he was "thrilled to bits" after being made Honorary Doctor of Letters at the University of Lincoln.
Sergeant received his degree during a special ceremony held at Lincoln Cathedral.
The 69-year-old, who born in Oxford, was the BBC's Chief Political Correspondent from 1992 to 2000 and the Political Editor of ITN from 2000 to 2002.
Speaking to the Echo, he said: "I'm thrilled to bits.
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"I never thought I'd get to say: 'trust me, I'm a doctor' before.
"I'm flattered to receive this honorary doctorate especially as I come from such an academic family. My mother would be thrilled. I could honestly go on and on about the opportunities these graduates have.
"People say the golden age is over but I disagree. I would say the golden age is not over – it's at their feet."
On the same day, Lord Ian Blair of Boughton received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws in recognition of his significant contribution to the Metropolitan Police Force.
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.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the first of Mechanical Engineering students graduated.
Dr David Waugh, Senior Lecturer at the Lincoln School of Engineering, said: "The graduation of our first University of Lincoln Mechanical Engineering cohort is testament to the hard work of all those that have been involved with the Lincoln School of Engineering over the past four years.
"With the invaluable input from industry to develop our course here our students will now, after three years of hard study, be adequately prepared for the world of industry."
The graduation ceremonies took place Monday to Thursday and were attended by more than 14,000 people and saw more than 3,000 students graduate from the University.