Leaders in business, arts and music among those being honoured by University

Three of Scotland’s foremost business figures are among those being honoured by the University of Aberdeen at its summer graduations next week.

Sir Moir Lockhead OBE, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of FirstGroup plc; Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management plc; and prominent hotelier Stewart Spence are receiving honorary degrees at ceremonies at Elphinstone Hall on the King's College campus.

Renowned composer Morten Lauridsen - regarded as one of the world's greatest composers of choral music and art song - is also receiving an honorary doctorate in recognition of his work which is featured regularly in concerts by distinguished ensembles throughout the world.

Two of Scotland's leading artists Will Maclean, a former fisherman acclaimed for his visual representation of histories and mythologies of those who live and work by the sea, and Victoria Crowe - described as one of the most vital and original figurative painters currently at work in Scotland - are also being honoured.

Honorary degrees are also being bestowed on notable theologian Professor William Horbury; Reverend (Air Vice-Marshal) Peter Mills, Honorary Chaplain to the Queen and Chaplain-in-Chief to the RAF; and Professor Geoffrey MacCormack, an internationally distinguished legal scholar.

Award-winning broadcaster and journalist Edi Stark – the recipient of seven national Sony Radio Academy awards – is also receiving a Master of the University.

Professor Sir Duncan Rice, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, is looking forward to welcoming this year's honorary graduands. He said: "The University of Aberdeen is delighted to honour these individuals who have achieved acclaim and distinction in their respective fields. They are tremendous role models, who are a real inspiration for our new cohort of Aberdeen graduates.