Lincoln students will celebrate their academic achievements at Lincoln Cathedral this week, as over 3,000 undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students attend their graduation ceremonies.

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Taking place from Monday 4 September to Thursday 7 September, the 11 ceremonies will also see students graduate alongside local heroes, including the last remaining survivor from a World War Two ‘Dam Busters’ raid which set off from RAF Scampton in May 1943.

George “Johnny” Johnson MBE DFM will become an Honorary Doctor of the University, whilst football managers Danny and Nicky Cowley will both receive the Chancellor’s Medal.

The duo, who are brothers, helped see Lincoln City through to the FA Cup quarter-finals during the 2016/17 and made history when the club became the first non-league team to reach the stage of the contest in over 100 years. After the team lost out to Arsenal, the celebrations continued when the Imps were later promoted to the English Football League.

Danny Cowley said: “Myself and Nicky are very privileged to receive the Chancellor’s Medal. Since we’ve arrived at the Club it’s been a pleasure to work closely with the University of Lincoln’s lecturers and students.

“We feel that Lincoln City Football Club and the University of Lincoln are both aligned in our core values and principles. We both invest in people and believe whole heartedly in education and personal development.

“It is crucial for the future of the city that both institutions work closely together to give back to the people of Lincoln and the local community. We look forward to continuing our working relationship for many years to come.”

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, said: “We are immensely proud of each and every one of our graduating students and very much look forward to congratulating them and wishing them well as they move on to a host of exciting new careers and academic endeavours.

“Graduation also gives us a valuable chance to thank those who have supported them along the way – friends, family and lecturers – which makes it a very special occasion.”