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Award-winning BBC News journalist and Mastermind presenter Clive Myrie was installed as University of Bolton Pro Chancellor at the first graduation ceremony of the week at Bolton town hall.
Bolton-born Clive received the degree of Doctor of Social Science for his outstanding contribution to broadcasting, television and society at last year’s University of Bolton ceremonies.
Clive, who spent his childhood living opposite Burnden Park, the former home of Bolton Wanderers, said he was “truly honoured” as he was installed as Pro Chancellor by Professor George E Holmes DL, President and Vice Chancellor.
In 2021, Clive took over as host of Mastermind, but he continues to travel the world as a reporter and has reported live on the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
He studied Law at the University of Sussex and has served as the BBC's Asia, Africa, Washington and Europe Correspondent.
Clive told the audience at the Albert Halls: “My life as a broadcast journalist has taken me to many parts of the world but as we all know there is no place like home.
“I grew up in the shadow of Burnden Park, the old Bolton Wanderers stadium. My family arrived here from Jamaica in the early 1960s. I was raised in a loving family and my parents sacrificed many things for their children.
“My father was a factory worker and my mother a seamstress. I am the product of a generation whose hard work and resilience remains an inspiration.”
Clive added: “Like you, I attended university, and studied Law. I’ve had the privilege of reporting from more than 80 countries, covering some pretty big events many of which will define our age.
“The University of Bolton in my home town is one of the most socially inclusive universities in the UK.
“You all have your own individual journeys ahead, and no two stories are the same. But what you do share is that you are part of a unique university.
“You have been fortunate to study alongside people from all over the world, from all backgrounds and walks of life.
“In a world where trade, commerce and culture are becoming ever more connected, your experience of studying in a diverse environment will prove to be a source of strength for many years to come.”
He added: “Thank you once again. I know the future is bright - not just for this university, but for everyone in this room whose brilliant achievements we all celebrate today. Thank you so much.”