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Graduation 2016: Honorary Fellowships for leading figures from education and art

October 27 2016


Three leading figures from the world of education and art and design were honoured by Wrexham Glyndwr University on the second day of its 2016 Graduation ceremonies.

Dr Prydwen Elfed-Owens, Andrew Cheetham and Professor Graham Upton became honorary fellows of the institution on Thursday October 27.

Dr Elfed-Owens, the first female President and Chair of the Court of the National Eisteddfod of Wales, was honoured for her services to education and the Welsh language.

Professor Upton was honoured for his services as former Wrexham Glyndwr University Vice-Chancellor.

And former student Andrew Cheetham, who studied at Wrexham College of Art in 1982, was honoured for his services to business.

Mr Cheetham went on to become one of the most successful young art directors in the UK and founded one of Manchester’s top creative agencies, Cheetham Bell.

Dr Elfed-Owens said: “It really is a privilege to receive this honour from Wrexham Glyndwr University. I am passionate about the Welsh language and culture and I’ve been extremely fortunate to have excellent mentors who have inspired, supported and challenged me to push the boundaries throughout my career.

“I wish everyone graduating today hearty congratulations. I am certain that each and every one of you will go on to achieve even greater success.”

Andrew Cheetham said: “Thank you to Wrexham Glyndwr University for taking a 16-year-old boy and giving him the confidence to succeed. Thank you for the best start anyone could have wished for.”

Professor Graham Upton said his time at Wrexham Glyndwr University marked the “peak of his career.”

“It’s very strange but quite delightful being on the receiving end of the degree awarding process,” said Professor Upton as he accepted his honorary fellowship in the William Aston Hall.

“I worked at many universities during my career and the one which I can truly say I enjoyed and achieved the most at was Wrexham Glyndwr University. It really is a great honour to be a made an honorary fellow here.”