Students from the University of Derby’s Buxton Campus received their degrees on Saturday in an event they had planned themselves.
As well as being rewarded for their hard work, the students catered for 500 people before and after the now traditional procession from the Dome to St Anne’s Church and back.
A special award went to Gemma Bowers, who received her International Spa Management degree with first class honours plus an academic achievement award for her outstanding grades.
Gemma’s work was praised by an international expert in sustainability who gave the keynote speech at the university’s recent Buxton Spa and Wellness Conference.
Honorary doctorates were also presented to two public servants who have contributed greatly to the public life of the county.
Derbyshire’s first coroner to cover the entire county received an honorary doctorate from the University of Derby after a career in medicine and law which has ranged from battlefield experience with the army to investigating crime scenes.
Dr Robert Hunter, who served with the Army Medical Corps in the first Gulf War and in Northern Ireland, was appointed Coroner for Derbyshire and Derby in 2007.
And keeping Britain’s first national park at the forefront of conservation while giving its communities the chance to keep up with the times has earned Jim Dixon his honorary doctorate.
As Chief Executive of the Peak District National Park for the past 11 years, Mr Dixon has overseen the biggest conservation project in the UK, become the spokesman for the country’s national parks on issues such as tourism, joined the World Commission on Protected Areas - and even found time to be a governor at Lady Manners School in Bakewell.