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Famous fathers and sons celebrate at Cardiff University graduation

15 July 2013

There’s a double celebration in the McCloud family today as designer, writer and television presenter Kevin McCloud received an Honorary Fellowship from Cardiff University on the same day his son Hugo graduated from the School of Architecture with a Masters of Architecture.

Also Falklands War Veteran, author and public speaker Simon Weston OBE proudly attended his son James’ graduation from the School of Engineering. Simon himself was made an Honorary Fellow in 2005.

Other graduates today include maths genius Alex Thorne. Two years ago he secured a first class undergraduate degree aged 15; now he’s done it again, completing his postgraduate research degree and becoming a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) at the ripe old age of 18. He now plans to do a quantum theory PhD at St John's College, Oxford.

More than 6,000 students will graduate in this year’s ceremonies, and approximately 20,000 people will be welcomed to Cardiff for the celebrations. The event is one of the biggest in the University’s calendar and the ceremonies will be broadcast live on the Big Screen in the Hayes area of Cardiff and streamed on the University’s website.

For more information contact:

Lisa Birkbeck
Public Relations
Cardiff University
E: or T: 02920 870298

(More photographs available on request)

Related links

Cardiff University Honorary Fellows 2013

Graduation Homepage

Notes to editors:

About Cardiff University
Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, University Chancellor Professor Sir Martin Evans FRS. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise encompasses: the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences; and the College of Physical Sciences, along with a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff's three flagship Research Institutes are offering radical new approaches to neurosciences and mental health, cancer stem cells and sustainable places.