Next week will be one of the busiest of the year for the University of Central Lancashire as 19 graduations will take place across five days.
UCLan has announced that they expect 16,000 people will arrive in Preston during graduation week as students will attend ceremonies in the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre.
Unfortunately, ceremonies taking place at the Sir Tom Finney are not ideal but will no doubt still offer a great setting to receive the awards students have been chasing for several years.
Usually, UCLan’s award ceremonies took place at the famous, or possibly now infamous, Preston Guild Hall which went into administration last month.
A spokesman for the University of Central Lancashire has said that three special guests will also be in attendance to accept honorary fellowships.
The special guests:
Author and historian Gail Newsham, who will receive her award on Monday afternoon, is being recognised for her significant contribution to women’s football. She has dedicated her life to telling the story of the Preston-based Dick, Kerr Ladies Football Club, the most successful women’s team of all time.
Tuesday afternoon will see Kim Hawes receive her award for the significant contribution she has made to the music industry and tour management. Born in nearby Hesketh Bank, Kim has worked with artists such as the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Madonna, Motorhead, Black Sabbath and Robbie Williams.
Tony Attard OBE DL, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Burnley-based fabrics supplier Panaz, is being acknowledged on Wednesday afternoon for his significant contribution to the textile industry and international trade. He sits on the board of Creative Lancashire and is Chairman of both Marketing Lancashire and UCLan spin-out company Alusid. He has also served as High Sheriff of Lancashire.