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7 Nov 2016

Last week, over 3000 new graduates became part of the University of Chester's alumni community, as they crossed the stage to shake hands with the Vice-Chancellor and collect their degree certificates. 

They were joined by a group of eminent individuals, including two alumni of the University, each of whom was awarded an honorary degree for outstanding achievements in their chosen field.

Roderick Hunt MBE (pictured above) was the first of the alumni to receive the award, during Thursday's ceremony. Rod graduated in 1959 and spent the first 19 years of his career, as a teacher. He became a full-time writer in 1979 and to date, has written over 600 books. 

The Oxford Reading Tree has been his most successful project, for which he has written almost 500 books and helped millions learn how to read through much-loved characters including Biff, Chip and Kipper. He has also written for children's television and schools radio broadcasting, including the successful TV series The Bobinogs shown on CBeebies, 2004 - 2010.

For the past seven years Rod has been in the top four of the most read children's authors (Dundee University Study of 426,000 children).

Rob Wotton (pictured above) studied Health and Community Studies at the former Chester College from 1987 to 1990 before becoming Students' Union President from 1990 to 1991.

Before Sky, Rob was the Sports Editor of the multi award-winning Capital Gold Sports team, covering football both nationally and internationally.

He graduated from Chester in 1990 and spent a sabbatical year as Students' Union President, which he still describes as one of the "best years of my life". He then went onto London College of Printing and obtained a post graduate qualification in Radio and Television Journalism. 

Biographies of all the other honorary graduates from the November 2016 ceremonies will be added to the Honorary Graduates pages of the website soon!

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