Cranfield University’s annual graduation ceremonies took place this month. 8 honorary graduates joined more than 1,000 students, from over 100 different countries, who also received their honours.

The students, watched by family and friends, received their degrees and celebrated their achievements, alongside leaders from the world of business and government whose honours are given in recognition of an individual’s major influence in their specialist field.

Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor, said: “This celebration recognises the remarkable achievements of all those who graduate, and acknowledges those receiving honorary degrees for their outstanding contributions to society.  Cranfield University is known internationally for its postgraduate education and research and our global reach is enhanced through our alumni and by our close links with business and governments around  the world.”

The Honorary Graduates for 2017 are:

 Dr Fariba Alamdari, Honorary Graduate, Cranfield 2017 Dr Fariba Alamdari
Vice President, Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

“I joined Cranfield as a master’s degree student in 1984 and completed my PhD in 1989. I have been very fortunate to go through the academic ranks at Cranfield and become a Professor of Air Transport Management and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Science and Manufacturing before joining Boeing in 2006.”


 Chuan Poh Lim, Honorary Graduate, Cranfield 2017 Chuan Poh Lim
Chairman, A*STAR

“It is a great personal honour to be receiving this award. At the same time, the award is also a recognition of the work of everyone in my organisation, A*STAR. This award is significant as A*STAR and Cranfield share a similar mission of advancing science and developing innovative technology to further economic growth and improve lives..”

Honorary Graduate Christiana Figueres, Cranfield University  Christiana Figueres
Former executive secretary of the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change 
and currently Vice-Chair of the Global Covenant 
Mayors for Climate & Energy

“Cranfield’s commitment to academic excellence and research in Environment and Agrifood, topics at the heart of the climate change challenge, makes receiving this honorary degree very special to me. I look forward to being part of a dedicated community of postgraduate students, faculty and staff.”

Honorary Graduate Roger Harrabin, Cranfield University  Roger Harrabin, Environment Analyst
British Broadcasting Corporation

“Specialists here are working in areas vital for human and environmental progress. I especially hope, with the help of Cranfield, to be able to raise the global and national soil crisis as an issue of public concern and debate.”

 Professor Adrian Reynard, Honorary Graduate, Cranfield 2017 Professor Adrian Reynard
Founder, Reynard Motorsport

“This award is very special to me. I derive so much satisfaction when our graduates find careers after such a demanding year at Cranfield. Their characters constantly remind me of the passion, drive and determination needed to survive in this fast-moving sport.”

Philip Rutnam, Honorary Graduate, Cranfield 2017  Philip Rutnam
Permanent Secretary, Home Office

“In my professional life I have spent many years trying to create strong relationships between the worlds of research and learning, business and public policy. Cranfield has always been an exemplar of how to do this well, so I feel both privileged and humbled to be recognised in this way.”

Alastair Salvesen, Honorary Graduate, Cranfield 2017  Alastair Salvesen CBE
Chairman, Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd

“I am honoured to be one of the early MBA graduates at Cranfield to be awarded a doctorate by my University, Cranfield, which continues to be regarded as one of the top business schools in the world.”

Dr Frances Saunders, Honorary Cranfield Graduate  Dr Frances Saunders, CB
British scientist and civil servant
Former president of the Institute of Physics and
CEO of the Defence Science Technology Laboratory

"Having spent much of my career promoting the critical importance of translational and applied research and the scientists and engineers who are good at it, I am extremely honoured to receive this award from Cranfield; an organisation that shares these passions alongside their many contributions to advancing the state of defence and security related science and engineering."

Graduation 2017

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