Late Late Show host Patrick Kielty honoured with doctorate by Ulster University

Dr Kielty gets his doctorate from ulster University
-Credit: (Image: Nigel McDowell/Ulster University)

Late Late Show host Patrick Kielty graduated earlier today from Ulster University with an Honorary Doctorate award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the arts.

The 53-year-old, from Dundrum in Co Down, joined the thousands of Ulster University students as they mark their academic achievements and celebrate with friends and family.

Also recognised by Ulster University today was community activist Betty Carlisle MBE, who was celebrated for her outstanding contribution to promoting shared education and empowering women from disadvantaged and deprived areas of Northern Ireland.

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Betty spent 37 years dedicated to improving the lives of women and their families in north and west Belfast, with 23 of those served as CEO of Shankill Women’s Centre. She has fought tirelessly to achieve the vision of a purpose-built Shared Women’s Centre for the north and west of the city, which will open in June 2024.

As the Class of 2024 celebrate their hard work and dedication across seven graduation ceremonies in Belfast, Coleraine and Derry, Ulster University is honouring seven key figures in politics, journalism, the arts and community work as it bestows its Honorary Doctorates.

Asked who he thought should be the next recipient of an Ulster University honourary doctorate, Dr Patrick Kielty said: “Well I think Cat Deely would a great one to give an honorary degree to. Then she would believe Ulster University has given one to me!”

Community activist Betty Carlisle MBE, who was celebrated for her outstanding contribution to promoting shared education
Community activist Betty Carlisle MBE, who was celebrated for her outstanding contribution to promoting shared education -Credit:Nigel McDowell / Ulster University

He couldn’t be joined by wife, Cat Deeley today, but said: “Apparently when you’re hosting a live show Monday to Thursday, you don’t get time off – she couldn’t believe that Ulster had given me this honour - she still thinks I’ve come back for a wee break here and just pretended to get an honorary degree.”

Asked for some life advice for Ulster students who might want to go into arts and entertainment, he said: “My advice for someone who wants to get into entertainment is: Don’t! Clearly older comedians like me still need to work so I would say do a degree and go into something completely different please don’t come and steal my dinner!”

Congratulating this year’s cohort of Honorary Graduates, Ulster University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Bartholomew said: Graduation is a special time of year as we celebrate our outstanding graduates as they come together with friends and family to mark their wonderful achievements.

"We are committed to nurturing the next generation of leaders who will go on to make a genuine difference in their communities and respective professions in the years that follow their time at Ulster University. With that future in mind, it is a joy to celebrate the work of those inspirational and acclaimed local faces already making a global impact and we are thrilled to bestow these Honorary Doctorates.

"These individuals are leaders in their fields and demonstrate great talent, creativity, and integrity. We hope they will be an inspiration to the whole Ulster University community.”

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