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Lord Mayor among those awarded honorary doctorates by City University London

New graduates will hear inspirational speeches from four honorary award recipients
by Sophie

More than 2,000 students will receive their degrees at City University London's first graduation ceremonies of 2014 this week. The successes of City's six schools will be recognised during the celebrations at Guildhall in the heart of the City of London.

Graduates will be joined by four distinguished individuals who are being recognised for their outstanding contributions to their professions. The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE (pictured), The Rt Hon. John Bercow MP, Jim O'Neill and Professor Jörg Steinbach will all receive awards from the University.

Professor Sir Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor of City University London, commented:

"These graduation ceremonies mark the beginning of our 120th year and I am delighted to add four more honorary graduates to our already impressive roster. The individuals chosen represent City's strengths of academic excellence and outstanding achievement in business and the professions. They are fine role models for our new cohort of graduates as they embark on their careers."

nullFiona Woolf (pictured with Professor Curran) was awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of her contribution to the City of London during the first ceremony of the week. In taking office as The Lord Mayor of London, she became only the second woman to hold the position in its 686 year history. The ceremony also marked her installation as Chancellor of City University London.

The University will also be conferring an honorary doctorate on The Rt Hon John Bercow MP. Alongside his demanding role as Speaker of the House of Commons, Mr Bercow is the president of Afasic, a UK charity supporting children and young people with speech and language difficulties and their families. He will be recognised for his outstanding contribution to politics and the speech and language therapy profession.

Jim O'Neill will receive an honorary doctorate in recognition of his contribution to global banking and finance. He forged a distinguished career as one of the world's most influential economists, having spent almost two decades at Goldman Sachs. Mr O'Neill achieved global prominence when he forecast the dramatic growth of the BRIC nations of Brazil, Russia, India and China.

Professor Jörg Steinbach is a chemical engineer and has been the President of the Technical University of Berlin since April 2010. He will receive the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of the outstanding level of distinction he has achieved in his career in academia and the chemical industry.

Honorary degrees are awarded to people who have achieved international academic distinction or held major leadership roles nationally or globally in the areas of business and the professions that City University London serves and who are considered to be excellent role models for our students.

City University London has over 17,000 students of whom about a quarter are from outside the EU and over a third are postgraduates. In 2013 City awarded more than 5,000 degrees. These graduates will join more than 130,000 alumni from City University London, which is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for graduate-level jobs (The Good University Guide 2014) and in the top 5 for graduate starting salaries (Lloyds Bank). City's notable alumni include Mahatma Gandhi, Tony Blair, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Stelios Haji-Ioannou (Founder of EasyJet), Sir Dick Olver (Chairman of BAE Systems) and journalist Dermot Murnaghan.

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