Big Yin heads list of honorary graduands from Strathclyde

Mural of Sir Billy Connolly in Glasgow city centre

Comedy legend Sir Billy Connolly will receive another accolade from his home town this week when he is made an honorary Doctor of the University of Strathclyde.

The Big Yin is one of several distinguished individuals being recognised for their contribution to society at the University’s graduation ceremonies which take place on 22-30 June.

The dyed-in-the-wool Glaswegian, who celebrates his 75th birthday this year, will be made an honorary Doctor of the University at a graduation ceremony in the Barony Hall on Thursday 22 June.

Proud Scot

Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Strathclyde, said: “Billy is a proud Scot and fantastic ambassador for the city of Glasgow.

“His comedy took the stories of growing up in the city to an international audience and his success is an inspiration to all.

“Billy was, and remains, one of the most successful and loved comedians of his generation and is one of Scotland’s national treasures.

“We are delighted to welcome Billy into the Strathclyde family alongside our other honorary graduands who have each made huge contributions in their own fields.”

Others receiving honorary degrees from the University are: Dr Max Nikias, president of the University of Southern California; Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director of BAE Systems; Nigel Cantwell, an international consultant on child protection; and Richard Hunter, Convener of Court at the University.

Awards will also be given for alumna and alumnus of the year to Baroness Nosheena Mobarik and Calum Paterson respectively.

Around 3,000 students will be graduating from the University at the ceremonies this year.