Honorary Doctor of Laws, 11 November 2002
Being awarded an honorary doctorate of music from Westminster
has put Billy Ocean - and the University in the headlines
around the world.
Nearly 100 newspaper cuttings have come in to the University's
press office so far - with more arriving daily. With clippings
from Texas to New York, most interest has come from America,
where Billy is a huge star.
Billy Ocean is one of the the UK's most successful black
recording stars. He has released eight albums in America
and the UK over three decades. Pop star Billy Ocean and
senior police officer David Michael were among those receiving
honorary awards at Westminster's presentation ceremonies
at the Barbican Centre.
David Michael, who studied law at Westminster while serving
in the police, is a founder of the Black Police Association.
He will have served in the police force for 29 years this
Also receiving honorary awards at the recent presentation
ceremonies at the Barbican were David Michael (Doctor
of Laws), Professor Michael Romans (Fellowship), Professor
John Dickerson (Doctor of Science), Dr Charles Saumarez
Smith (Doctor of Letters), Dr Fleur Fisher (Doctor of
Science), Terry Burke (Fellowship), John Diamond (Fellowship),
Sir Malcolm Bates (Doctor of Letters), Professor Nick
Garnham (Fellowship) and Ori Yiassoumis (right, Doctor
of Science) and James Siabi (Doctor of Science)