Thousands of graduates and their families will descend on Derby Arena over the next three days to receive their degrees in five awards ceremonies staged by the University of Derby.
The university broke with its traditional January graduation ceremonies last year and moved them to July ensuring better weather and also that people would receive their awards much sooner after achieving them.
The first graduation ceremony this year will take place on Wednesday afternoon from 3pm to 4.30pm and will feature former students from the college of business, law and social sciences. They will also see an honorary doctorate awarded to Bob Betts, the managing director of clock manufacturers Smith of Derby Ltd.
Engineering, technology, health and social care graduates on Thursday morning will be present to receive their degrees and will also see Sue James, former chief executive of Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, receive an honorary doctorate in recognition of her services to health.
Another honorary degree recipient will be Rolls-Royce chief technology officer Dr Paul Stein, who is being given a doctorate for his contribution to aeronautical science, alongside graduates from the college of life and natural sciences on Thursday afternoon.
On Friday morning, arts, humanities and education, online and mineral products centre graduates will be given their degrees and will share the stage with long-standing cast member of radio programme The Archers Derbyshire actress Patricia Greene.
The rest of the graduates from humanities and education, as well as art and design, will receive their awards on Friday afternoon and will be joined by Derby Jazz founder Geoff Wright, who becomes a master of the university.
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Present at the ceremonies, for some or all of the ceremonies, are university chancellor the Duke of Devonshire, Derbyshire High Sheriff Annie Hall, Mayor of Derby councillor John Whitby and an array of specially-invited guests with connections to the university.
There is parking designated around the area of Pride Park and anyone travelling in that direction is asked to remember that there could be additional traffic around on all three days from around 4.30pm onwards as people leave the venue.
Source: Derby Telegraph