08 Jul 2019
Celebrations have been plentiful at Glasgow Caledonian University’s summer ceremonies as more than 2000 graduates received their degrees and notable figures are celebrated on campus.
Entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter received an honorary degree from GCU for his "extraordinary commitment" to charitable causes across the world.
The philanthropist was awarded a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to charity and his support for educational and entrepreneurial projects through the Hunter Foundation.
Sir Tom told students: "As I look back at the crazy life I've had, all the success I've had has only come my way because of the wonderful people I've met on this journey. You simply can't do it yourself.”
To date, The Hunter Foundation has invested more than £55million in a wide range of humanitarian projects, aimed at reducing poverty, supporting entrepreneurship and inspiring leadership in education.
GCU Chancellor Dr Annie Lennox OBE has also been celebrated on campus as a stunning portrait commissioned by the University and painted by Scottish artist Gerard Burns, has been unveiled.
The oil painting of the singer songwriter, highly-respected social activist and philanthropist, wearing the Chancellor’s robes, was unveiled at the University by the artist to a group of staff, students and specially invited guests.
Upon seeing her portrait for the first time, Chancellor Lennox said: “As Chancellor of GCU, I’m honoured to be included in the tradition of having my portrait painted. Scots artist Gerard Burns has done a stalwart job and I’m delighted to be back in Glasgow to graduate the amazing students, who’ve all worked so hard to reach their goals.”
Across the pond, New York graduates celebrate success at Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC) - one of the first international institutions to receive degree-granting authority in the New York state.
The ceremony brought together family, friends, trustees and early supporters of the College in Manhattan to celebrate the students’ achievements. The students graduated with Master of Science degrees in International Fashion Marketing, and each wrote a dissertation which was presented in a formal townhall setting the night before Commencement.
The College has been licensed since June 2017 and continues to strengthen its links within New York’s world-leading fashion and finance sectors. The graduates are joining fellow GCNYC alumni who are developing successful careers within these influential sectors, which are responsible for shaping policy and practice on a global scale.