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Friday, 30 March, 2001, 14:00 GMT 15:00 UK
Yoko to receive honorary degree
Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono will be honoured for artistic talent
Yoko Ono is to receive an honorary degree from the university she supports in memory of her late husband.

The widow of Beatle John Lennon will be made a doctor of laws by the University of Liverpool.

Ono, 68, has long had an association with the education establishment, setting up a scholarship fund in 1991.

The degree recognises her artistic work as well as her patronage of the university.

Lennon was shot by Mark Chapman in 1980 outside his home near Central Park.

Ono vowed to support good causes in the memory of her husband.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono
John and Yoko made several songs together
Each year 30 awards of 1,200 are available to all prospective and current undergraduates and postgraduates at the university.

Awards are made on the basis of financial need and academic merit, and students must come from Merseyside.

Ono also insists students should have an interest in environmental issues.

The degree will be conferred at Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall on 2 July.

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