The Class of 2018 heard from the inspiring Sir Christopher Stone, who delivered a rousing speech at the first day of Graduation.
Speaking after receiving his honorary degree of Doctor of Education honoris causa at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Sir Christopher encouraged the new graduates to put more into the world than they take out.
“It is by giving that we receive the most joy and most benefit. We are remembered by those around us for the good things we do, and how we make life better for others. We are fortunate, we are in the top one per cent in the world, with a mobile phone, television and money in the bank. You also have a degree, you must use this wisely, and use this to improve the lives of others. Take every chance you have and live your life to the full.”
He added: “I am simultaneously humbled and delighted to be awarded an Honorary doctorate by my alma mater Liverpool Hope University. It is such an honour and ranks as one of my proudest moments. I love Liverpool and I am genuinely impressed by the development, action and intent of Liverpool Hope. The University has gone from strength to strength and will leave a legacy that future generations will continue to benefit from.”
Sir Christopher, who received a knighthood in 2013 in recognition of his outstanding service to education, joined GEMS Education as the Chief Education Officer – (MENASA) and Deputy Chief Academic Officer for the GEMS Global Academic Council in November 2015.
He is responsible for overseeing the quality of teaching, learning and curricula across 51 GEMS schools in the UAE, serving 120,000 children and 8,000 staff. He is widely recognised as having made outstanding contributions to education in a number of international settings. Prior to joining GEMS Education, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership – a multi academy trust in the UK, which he led from 2009 - 2015.
First appointed as a Principal in the UK in 1995, Sir Christopher went on to lead a number of schools, and has provided leadership, guidance and training for principals and ministers in Vietnam, Singapore, Australia, Finland and Scotland on behalf of the British Council. He has been asked to provide support and guidance to successive UK governments, bringing him into regular contact with several British Prime Ministers.
Family and friends joined in the celebratory atmosphere at the city centre landmark, which culminated in the new graduands walking down the steps of the cathedral amidst rapturous applause from their tutors.