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Former students to receive Honorary Degrees

Hundreds of former students who studied to be teachers at Liverpool Hope University’s founding colleges will be given Honorary degrees in a special celebration today (Friday 12th July).

The University will welcome around 600 alumni who received a CertEd before 1980.

Many have now retired from long careers in teaching and are thrilled to be receiving Honorary Bachelor of Education degrees.

Mary Clancy, 90, studied at Notre Dame College between 1946 and 1948 before going on to a successful career in Primary school teaching.

The grandmother-of-two is making the 292-mile journey from her home in Plymouth back to the city where she studied just after WW2.

“There were not many places offering teacher training for women when I came to Notre Dame in Mount Pleasant,” she said. “But the standard of teaching we received from the nuns was of the highest quality.

“It’s rather touching after all this time to come back and be given a degree. My family will be very proud."

The event will follow the PGCE ceremonies for current students in the morning and campus is expected to be bustling with lots of visitors.

Published on 12/07/2019