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Honorary degree for Tracey Emin
Tracey Emin after receiving her honorary degree
Margate-raised Emin has had solo exhibitions across the world
Artist Tracey Emin and actor Sir Michael Gambon are being given honorary degrees at the University of Kent.

Sir Michael, who has worked with the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, also plays Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films.

Margate-raised Emin was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1999 and has had solo exhibitions across the world.

Her work has been shown at the Tate Modern, the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami.

Cathedral ceremonies

Both were receiving their honorary doctorates at Canterbury Cathedral.

Ceremonies at the cathedral over the past three days have seen honorary graduates joining more than 2,500 students as they received their degrees.

On Tuesday, the recipients included Kennedy Wong, a Kent law graduate who is now visiting professor of the School of Law at Sun Yat-sen University, China.

Lady Northbourne, who has been a magistrate, and chairwoman of Northbourne Park School, Kent Opera and Kent Community Housing, also received an honorary doctorate.

Sir Michael Gambon after receiving his honorary degree
Sir Michael is Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films

They were joined by Michael Mansfield QC, who has represented defendants in some of the country's most controversial legal cases, including Barry George, accused of killing TV presenter Jill Dando.

On Wednesday, honorary graduates included John Reilly, academic registrar at the University of Kent for 22 years, who in 2002 was made an MBE for services to higher education and the Erasmus academic funding programme.

Professor Sir Graeme Catto, president of the General Medical Council and Professor of Medicine at the University of Aberdeen, also received an honorary PhD - alongside Peter Hawkes, who helped found the Association for Biometrics.

Tracey Emin and Sir Michael Gambon received their doctorates on Thursday. They were joined by Professor Lord Renfrew, a pioneer of the scientific approach to archaeology.

An artist and an actor receive honorary degrees

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