The Open University honours Phil Coulter
COMPOSER, musician, singer and producer Phil Coulter will today be honoured by the Open University.
Mr Coulter will have his award of Doctor of the University conferred alongside 103 students from all walks of life, of all ages and backgrounds and from a spectrum of careers.
The ceremony at Croke Park will recognise Mr Coulter's exceptional contribution to education and culture.
The OU makes honorary awards in line with its mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas, and the promotion of social justice through the development of knowledge and skills.
"I am truly delighted to get this honour. I have long admired how the Open University has made higher education accessible to students who might otherwise never have aspired to getting a qualification," Mr Coulter said.
"Many of today's graduates have had to manage their studies around their jobs, their families and their daily grind, with no sense of entitlement. I'm proud to join them."
John D'Arcy, director of The OU in Ireland, said students worked hard to achieve their qualifications, fitting their learning into their lives.
"Honouring Phil Coulter alongside our graduates makes this ceremony an extra special occasion. It is a pleasure to recognise his contribution to Irish culture," he said.