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Father and son share their graduation

Dr Anthony Papadimitriou receives honorary doctorate from City on the same day his son Alexander graduates from the Cass Business School


City University London's January graduation ceremonies, held this week at the Barbican, will see thousands of students celebrating with their friends and family. MSc Shipping, Trade & Finance graduate Alexander Papadimitriou shared this significant day with his father, Dr Anthony Papadimitriou, who was made an Honorary Doctor of Science during the same graduation ceremony. Dr Papadimitriou was recognised for his outstanding contribution to international business and the charity sector.

During an address to the congregation, Dr Papadimitriou said: "It is a great honour to be named a Doctor of Science at City. I accept this award humbly as it reflects on my charitable work with the Onassis Foundation and is an acknowledgement of the importance of the work we do. Today is especially moving for me, as my son Alexander will be awarded his Masters Degree with Distinction in Shipping, Trade & Finance." Dr Anthony Papadimitriou's father Stelios was also awarded a PhD Honoris Causa in 2006, making there three generations of the Papadimitriou family in the rolls of City.

Being the third generation, I'm trying to follow in the footsteps of great men.
Alexander Papadimitriou

Alexander, who has previously obtained degrees in Economics and Law from City commented: "Graduation was a very happy occasion, especially as my father was being honoured. My grandfather has also received an honorary doctorate from City, so being the third generation, I'm trying to follow in the footsteps of great men."

Alexander believes that support from friends and family is really important: "My grandfather motivated me from a very young age and taught me to listen and think, as did my father after him. My father has guided my academic career and I have often found myself relying on his experience, knowledge and advice."

"The most important thing I've found," Alexander adds, "is knowing what you want from your life and working towards it. Having this aim and the maturity and patience required is paramount - for this I have my family to thank along with the academic staff at City."

All ceremonies will be available to watch online, for more information and to view the videos, visit You can also read speeches from all City Honorary Graduates by visiting

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