Joe Wicks receives an honorary doctorate in Sport and Exercise Science from St Mary’s University

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 (Joe Wicks / Instagram)
(Joe Wicks / Instagram)

Joe Wicks can now call himself a professor after receiving an honorary doctorate from St Mary’s University.

The Body Coach, 36, is the first person to ever receieve such an honour from the institute which has been awarded in recognition of his contributions to the wellbeing of people across the country and charity.

Speaking of the award, Wicks - who first graduated from St Mary’s in 2005 with a degree in Sport Science - said: "I feel so proud to have received an honorary doctorate from St Mary’s University.

“I loved every year of my time there studying sports science. It was the first time I felt excited to pursue a career in a something I was passionate about.

“I’ve maintained that love and passion for fitness and continue to do all I can to inspire others to live a healthier and happier life.

“Thank you to all the teachers and lecturers from St Mary’s who helped me get where I am today.”

St Mary’s Vice-Chancellor Anthony McClaran added: “We are delighted to be make this award to Joe. He is the perfect recipient of our inaugural honorary doctorate award. Joe is a brilliant role model to our current students.

“His work on wellbeing, charity and education closely aligns with our core values of Excellence, Inclusiveness, Generosity of Spirit, and Respect, and we are proud of all he has achieved in his career so far.”

Joe Wicks was beaming moments after receiving his nod (Joe Wicks / Instagram`)
Joe Wicks was beaming moments after receiving his nod (Joe Wicks / Instagram`)

Wicks proudly shared pictures on social media after the ceremony which took place at Westminster Cathedral on Thursday.

Sporting a red and blue gown and graduation cap, he can be seen beaming with both arms triumphantly up in the air as he shows off his new degree in one image.

He also shared a close up of his certificate and uploaded a short clip showing his delight after collecting the nod.

“Today I received the first Honorary Doctorate from @yourstmarys University. It was awarded for my contribution towards the health and fitness of the nation during the pandemic and for my charity work,” he wrote alongside his post.

“I think the video at the end shows just how chuffed I am to be given this award. Thank you St Mary’s,” he concluded, followed by a praying hands and smiling emoji.

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