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Class of 2002 graduate

Posted on 9 July 2002

Over 2,700 undergraduate and postgraduate students will graduate on 10, 11 and 12 July at the University of York. Students will graduate in the Arts, Social Sciences and Sciences and will receive their degrees from the Chancellor, Dame Janet Baker and Vice Chancellor, Sir Professor Ron Cooke.

For example, Mahesh Poudal from Nepal will graduate with a first class BSc in Environment. Whilst at York, Mahesh took part in the University's Student Tutoring programme, giving up half a day a week to work in school with the children of Ghurka soldiers stationed at Fulford Barracks.

In addition to University students, eight people will be awarded honorary degrees from the University. The actors Penelope Wilton and Berwick Kaler; the inventor of the Personal Organiser, David Potter; sculptor and stone carver, Dick Reid; campaigners Philippa Russell, Director of the Council for Disabled Children and His Royal Highness, Prince Hassan of Jordan; former Head of Unilever's Colworth Laboratory Dr Tom Little; and former Professor of Geography at University College London, Professor Eric Brown, will all attend ceremonies to receive their degree.

Prince Hassan, whose degree will be conferred on Thursday 11 July, will also lead a discussion on peace-building and post-war recovery at St. William's College later that day.

Hosted by the University's Post-War Reconstruction Development Unit, the seminar will hear his ideas for building communities based on dialogue and trust in war-torn societies.

Notes to editors:

  • Photocalls can be arranged via the Press Office on 01904 432029
  • More information about the honorary graduands can be found at
  • Information about Degree Day can be found at
  • Information about Prince Hassan can be found at

Contact details

David Garner
Senior Press Officer

Tel: +44 (0)1904 322153