Students from the Schools of Education and Natural Sciences and Psychology celebrated their success in the morning ceremonies, while the Schools of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences and Sport and Exercise Sciences were recognised in the afternoon procession.
Angela Samata received an Honorary Fellowship for her outstanding contribution to public campaigning and understanding of mental health issues.
Merseyside Woman of the Year 2015, arts professional and presenter of BBC1’s BAFTA nominated Life After Suicide, Angela is an inspirational public figure who has made an outstanding contribution on a local, national and international level to progressing understanding and de-stigmatisation of mental health and suicide prevention.
Angela invited audience participation into her speech, telling the graduates and their family and friends to stand and thank each other.
"One of the things I’ve learned on my journey is that a key strength in leadership quality is the ability to say thank you."
Lady Edwina Grosvenor received an Honorary Fellowship for her outstanding contribution to public life and campaigning.
A criminal justice campaigner, she has worked for many different organisations and with inmates all over the country, and supported the Bishop of Liverpool in his House of Lords role as the Bishop to Prisons. She is an Ambassador of the No Way Trust which educates school children to the realities of prison life, crime and consequence.
Speaking about her work in women’s prisons to address the issue of trauma, Lady Grosvenor highlighted that if we don’t understand the ‘why’ behind human behaviour then we can’t make the changes needed.
She also told the graduates that it is important to make time for yourself during a career and look after your own wellbeing.
“Transparency and balance are two qualities every successful career needs.”
During the afternoon ceremony, Paul Lewis CBE received his Honorary Fellowship in the recognition of his outstanding achievement in music.
His Fellowship was presented by LJMU Honorary Fellow, Mike McCartney.
Paul Lewis is recognised as the leading English classical pianist. His numerous awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, two Edison awards, three Gramophone awards, the Diapason D'or de l'Annee, the Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana, and the South Bank Show Classical Music award. Paul also has a multi-award winning discography for Harmonia Mundi.