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Outlander star and World Cup winner among honorary graduates

Six honorary degrees will be awarded.

The university has announced six names from the worlds of sport, entertainment and business who will be awarded an honorary degree at this year’s graduation ceremony.

Former French national star Lilian Thuram, who lifted the World Cup in 1998, and has since turned his attention to addressing racism through education, will be honoured alongside two names from the entertainment industry, in Outlander’s Sam Heughan and director Hamish Hamilton.

Heughan is also being recognised for his extensive charity work in Scotland alongside his contribution to TV as one of the countries most recognisable stars. Blackpool-born Hamilton will add this honour to the two BAFTA’s he’s won for directing, in a career which has included directing nine Superbowl half time shows and other notable events, such as the One Love Concert for Manchester and the London 2012 Olympic ceremonies.

Left to right: Alison Brittain CBE, Hamish Hamilton, Professor John Dawson, Lilian Thurman, Pete Cheema OBE, and Sam Heughan.

They are joined by Alison Brittain CBE, a Stirling graduate who is currently one of only six female chief executives listed on the FTSE 100, and Pete Cheema OBE, the current CEO of trade body Scottish Grocers Federation.

Finally, the founder of the Institute for Retail Studies at Stirling, Professor John Dawson, will also be acknowledged for his pioneering work.

Professor Gerry McCormac, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Stirling, said: “At the University of Stirling, we aim to ‘be the difference’ and I am proud that, at this summer’s graduation ceremonies, we will honour six outstanding individuals who embody this ambition and are exemplary role models to our graduands.

He added: “Graduation is a time of special celebration – and this year’s ceremonies are even more memorable, as they mark the installation of our new Chancellor, The Rt Hon Lord Jack McConnell. I warmly welcome home Jack – an alumnus of the University – to his new role and extend my congratulations to all of our graduands and honorary graduands on their hard-earned accomplishments.”

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