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Honorary degree for musician; EDUCATION.



Musician Yusuf Islam - formerly known as Cat Stevens Yusuf Islam[1] (born Steven Demetre Georgiou on 21 July, 1948 in London), who was known as Cat Stevens from 1966 to 1978, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, educator, philanthropist and prominent convert to Islam.  - received an honorary degree at Exeter University yesterday.

At the ceremony on the Devon campus, Yusuf Islam was honoured for his humanitarian work and improving understanding between Islamic and western cultures with an honorary doctor of law degree.

Rock group Queen's lead guitarist Brian May was awarded a doctorate of sciences for his interest in astronomy and physics.

Actor-comedians Jennifer Saun-ders and Adrian Edmondson Adrian Charles Edmondson (born 24 January 1957) is an English actor, comedian, director and writer. He is sometimes credited as Ade Edmondson.

Edmondson is probably best known as the anarchic punk Vyvyan Basterd in the cult BBC sitcom The Young Ones
 - husband and wife who live on Dartmoor - also received honorary doctorates of literature.

Later in the week fellow Devon resident Jonathan Dimbleby Jonathan Dimbleby, (born 31 July 1944, Aylesbury) is a British presenter of current affairs and political radio and television programmes, a political commentator and a writer.  will be honoured for broadcasting and his work with the Soil Association.

And the former England Rugby Union coach Sir Clive Woodward will receive a doctorate of laws for his achievements in sports and management.

Honorary graduands from the fields of broadcasting, the arts, business, law and sport are joining more than 3,000 students in ceremonies from yesterday to July 16.
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