Graduation doctorates and fellowship

Graduation doctorates and fellowship

Published: 28/10/2016

Leading figures from the world of education, business and culture receive honorary doctorates and a fellowship from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Lord Iain Vallance, Dr Cindy Sughrue and opera legend Pat Hay were honoured today at by Scotland’s national conservatoire, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS).

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire, is delighted to welcome three such diverse and respected figures to RCS to receive this honour, alongside more than 70 students who will be graduating today.

He said:

“Graduation is always a highlight of the year as we celebrate the hard work and commitment of our students. Today’s ceremony will be extra special as we are joined by three honorary doctorates who have all made outstanding contributions in the fields of education and the performing arts.

Pat has taught at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for more than twenty years, and has been nominated today for this honorary doctorate by alumna Karen Cargill. As a beloved teacher, I’m sure many of her ex-students will be delighted she is receiving this award.

Also, as Director of the Charles Dickens Museum and previous Chief Executive of Scottish Ballet, Cindy Sughrue has made a remarkable impact on the dance sector and we are thrilled to bestow a Fellowship upon her.

Finally, I am especially pleased to honour Lord Vallance today as he has provided the Royal Conservatoire with outstanding leadership for the past decade in his role as Chairman. We appreciate all the guidance and support he has provided staff, students and Board of Governors over the years.”

Lord Vallance will receive his doctorate as he prepares to depart from his role as Chairman RCS in December. Business leader Nick Kuensserg will take over as Chairman from Lord Vallance in the New Year.

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