University of Surrey
World record number of honorary graduates at the University of Surrey Hundreds of former students at the University of Surrey were awarded degrees today in what is expected to make a world record for the number of honorary graduates awarded degrees in one day. Almost 400 former students were awarded degrees. They first graduated from Battersea Polytechnic and College of Technology – the precursor institution to the University of Surrey to mark the 120th anniversary of the institution. The oldest graduate at the ceremony at Guildford Cathedral, was 92 year old Veronica Hughes, who now lives in Devon, and studied domestic science graduating originally in 1942 during the Second World War They have a total combined age of 25,993 and many came from as far away as Australia, Japan and South Africa.