Monday, 14 July 2008

X-Men star becomes real professor

From: BBC News.

Hollywood star Patrick Stewart, who plays Professor Xavier in the X-Men science fiction films, has had a real-life professorship given to him.

The actor was taking on the new role of Professor of Performing Arts at Huddersfield University, where he is chancellor, in a ceremony on Monday.

He was also leading 400 students in the university's inaugural graduate procession through the town centre.

Stewart said of his professorship: "I'm truly honoured to receive this title."

The Huddersfield-born actor, who was installed as the university's chancellor in November 2004, said: "The university is an outstanding educational institution, one that I am extremely proud to be associated with, and I look forward to continuing to work with the staff and students."

Vice-chancellor Professor Bob Cryan said: "We are delighted that Patrick was able to attend today and lead our first procession through Huddersfield, which was a great honour for the university and the town."

This year 6,000 students will graduate from the University of Huddersfield, with 63 achieving degrees in drama.

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