MEMORIES of Britain’s glorious Olympic summer will burn brightly at the City Hall over the next fortnight as key players are welcomed by Sheffield Hallam University.
This year’s graduation ceremonies at the venue will see the presentation of 16 honorary doctorates, many to guests with Olympic connections.
Doncaster’s taekwondo world champion Sarah Stevenson, who represented Team GB at London 2012, is to be honoured for her services to sport.
The former Don Valley High School pupil will be praised as a stunning role model who has shown how hard work, commitment and strength can bring its rewards.
Also appearing on the podium will be former Minister for Sport and Sheffield Central MP Richard Caborn, who was a key member of the team which brought the Olympics to the UK.
An MP for 27 years, Richard played a crucial role in developing and presenting the London bid during his time in government.
A pupil at Hurlfield Secondary Modern, Mr Caborn took up an engineering apprenticeship and attended day release classes at Sheffield Polytechnic, Hallam’s predecessor.
He said: “It is a great honour and privilege to be awarded an honorary doctorate from the institution where I was educated over 40 years ago - an institution that has grown and developed to become one of the most successful and respected new universities in this country and abroad.”
On Thursday a special guest will be Paul Deighton, the key man behind the organisation of the Olympic Games.
The chief executive of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games was widely praised for his skill and expertise in delivering the event.
He also helped Hallam students play their part in the celebrations, enabling them to be part of the media team and to take on internships and other roles within LOCOG.
Sheffield-educated journalist Emily Maitlis is also to be honoured for her career with the BBC, the Guardian and the Spectator.
Emily, who was a pupil at King Edward VII School in Broomhill, has been one of the main presenters on Newsnight since 2006.
She said: “It’s an enormous honour to gain recognition for my work as a broadcaster from such a well respected institution. “What makes it even more special is the fact that it is my home town - my parents are thrilled.”
The wider world of sport will be recognised with an award for rugby league legend Mark Aston.
Honours will also go to best-selling author Marina Lewycka, artist George Shaw, Metropolitan Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, champion of older people Professor Dianne Willcocks and Sheffield music producer Elliot Kennedy.