Honorary degree for Gary Lightbody

Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody who is to receive an honorary degree in Derry next Tuesday.

Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody who is to receive an honorary degree in Derry next Tuesday.

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Gary Lightbody, lead singer of Northern Ireland’s biggest rock band, Snow Patrol is being honoured by the University of Ulster in Derry next Tuesday.

Group founding member and lead vocalist, Gary will receive the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) for services to the music industry.

The Snow Patrol’s front man is a native of Bangor, County Down but he has family connections with Derry and the band’s chart hit ‘Just Say Yes’ was used as the campaign theme tune for Derry’s successful bid to become 2013 UK Capital of Culture.

Snow Patrol has enjoyed huge success across the world, especially with hit songs ‘Chasing Cars’,‘Run’ and ‘Just Say Yes’. Tuesday’s graduation ceremony will take place in the Millennium Forum and the encomium to Gary Lightbody will be delivered by Professor Deirdre Heenan, Provost of the University’s Magee campus and Dean of Academic Development.

Lighbody tweeted yesterday while in Edinburgh, that he was going out to buy a suit because he was going to get an honorary degree next week!