Geri Horner receives honorary degree from Sheffield Hallam University

Geri Horner receives honorary degree from Sheffield Hallam University in recognition of her activism for women and children

Geri Horner looked in good spirits as she recieved an honorary from Sheffield Hallam University at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield on Tuesday.

The Spice Girls star, 50, received the honour in recognition of her work promoting and championing children, young people and women’s rights over the last 25 years.

The hitmaker donned traditional university robes as she posed with her doctorate ahead of the ceremony.

Honour: Geri Horner looked in good spirits as she recieved an honorary from Sheffield Hallam University at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield on Tuesday

Geri also sported a white shirt and beige trousers while she added height to her frame with a pair of heels.

Wearing her locks in loose waves, the singer completed her look with a light palette of makeup. 

Honorary doctorates are awarded by universities to recognise outstanding achievement in a particular field or service to the broader community. Sheffield Hallam has been awarding them since gaining status as a university in 1993. 

Geri said of the accolade earlier this year: ‘It is a great privilege to receive this honorary award from Sheffield Hallam University. 

Activism: The Spice Girls star, 50, received the honour in recognition of her work promoting and championing children, young people and women’s rights over the last 25 years

Thrilled: Geri looked overjoyed as she gave her acceptance speech at the ceremony

Thrilled: Geri looked overjoyed as she gave her acceptance speech at the ceremony 

‘I sincerely believe education is a superpower, supporting young people with the confidence, perspective and experience to pursue their life goals and dreams.

‘I’m delighted to receive the award and very much look forward to returning to Sheffield Hallam for the graduation ceremony later this year.’

The announcement followed a visit to the University where Geri met with Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Sheffield Hallam’s Vice-Chancellor, and students from media arts and communication.

She was introduced to the South Yorkshire Children’s University initiative, which helps raise aspirations and opportunities for hundreds of children and young people across the region, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, by providing inclusive extra-curricular enrichment activities.

Degree: Honorary doctorates are awarded by universities to recognise outstanding achievement in a particular field or service to the broader community

Degree: Honorary doctorates are awarded by universities to recognise outstanding achievement in a particular field or service to the broader community

University: Sheffield Hallam has been awarding them since gaining status as a university in 1993

University: Sheffield Hallam has been awarding them since gaining status as a university in 1993

Radiant: The hitmaker donned traditional university robes as she posed with her doctorate ahead of the ceremony

Radiant: The hitmaker donned traditional university robes as she posed with her doctorate ahead of the ceremony

Geri also met with women’s rights expert Dr Suni Toor, whose award-winning work has helped to transform the support for female victims of violence in India, and learned more about Sheffield Hallam’s Athena Swan initiatives to support and transform gender equality within higher education and research.

Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, said: ‘Geri Halliwell-Horner’s contribution to raising the aspirations of children and young people alongside her commitment to promoting women’s rights align closely with the University’s mission to Transform Lives

‘ I am delighted that she has accepted our offer to award her an honorary doctorate in recognition of her philanthropic work, and look forward to welcoming her to our community.’

Geri said of the accolade: 'It is a great privilege to receive this honorary award from Sheffield Hallam University'

Geri said of the accolade: ‘It is a great privilege to receive this honorary award from Sheffield Hallam University’

She added: 'I sincerely believe education is a superpower, supporting young people with the confidence, perspective and experience to pursue their life goals and dreams

She added: ‘I sincerely believe education is a superpower, supporting young people with the confidence, perspective and experience to pursue their life goals and dreams

Geri rose to fame in the 1990s as part of the Spice Girls, selling over 100 million records worldwide to become the best-selling female group of all time.

She has continued to use her considerable media platform and philanthropic work to champion children’s literacy and access to education and inspire women of all backgrounds to achieve their best.

Geri is also vice-patron of Breast Cancer Care; inaugural ambassador for the Royal Commonwealth Society, with a specific focus on children’s education and literacy; a long-standing ambassador of The Prince’s Trust and Childline, and was United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for women for 10 years.

Geri added: I'm delighted to receive the award and very much look forward to returning to Sheffield Hallam for the graduation ceremony later this year'

Geri added: I’m delighted to receive the award and very much look forward to returning to Sheffield Hallam for the graduation ceremony later this year’

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