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Queen's degree for Rocky actress

Geraldine Hughes
Geraldine Hughes is to be honoured by Queen's

An actress who starred in Rocky Balboa and a former Indian president are among those who are to be awarded honorary degrees from Queen's University.

West Belfast woman Geraldine Hughes will receive a doctorate for services to the performing arts.

Dr Apj Abdul Kalam, who was president of India from 2002 to 2007, receives a doctorate for public service.

The presentations will take place at the university's graduation ceremonies later this year.

Also being honoured were the BBC's Orla Guerin and Coca Cola chairman Neville Isdell, who is from Northern Ireland.

Lord Chief Justice Brian Kerr, who graduated from the Belfast university 40 years ago, will be recognised for distinction in public service and the legal profession.

A doctorate for public service also goes to Francis Campbell, from Newry, who was policy adviser and private secretary to Tony Blair when he was prime minister.

Those who will be awarded doctorates for services to business and commerce include Michael Ryan, vice-president and general manager of bombardier aerospace and Michael Smurfit, former chairman of packaging company the Smurfitt Kappa Group.

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