Billy Connolly receives honorary degree from Strathclyde

Sir Billy Connolly is to receive an honorary degree from the University of Strathclyde today.

Thursday, 22nd June 2017, 2:15 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:50 am
Billy Connolly outside Barony Hall receiving an honorary degree from the University of Strathclyde. Picture; SWNS

The much-loved comedian will be made an honorary doctor of the institution, for his contribution to society at a graduation ceremony held in Glasgow’s Barony Hall.

The Big Yin, who turns 75 this year, was also named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, and was given a knighthood in recognition of his services to both entertainment and charity.

To celebrate the comedian’s birthday, three 50ft high murals have been installed across Glasgow.

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Billy Connolly outside Barony Hall receiving an honorary degree from the University of Strathclyde. Picture; SWNS

When named in the Honours list, he joked he should be called Sir Lancelot after being knighted, with Sir Billy not having the ‘same ring to it’.

Earlier this month, a third giant mural honouring the comedy legend was unveiled in his home city.

The 50ft artwork was the last in a trio of murals celebrating Connolly’s 75th birthday.

It appeared on the side of a building on Osborne Street opposite Glasgow King Street car park.

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Billy Connolly at the University of Strathclyde. Picture; SWNS
Billy Connolly outside Barony Hall receiving an honorary degree from the University of Strathclyde. Picture; SWNS
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Billy Connolly at the University of Strathclyde. Picture; SWNS