Greg James Finally Graduated From UEA 8 Years Late

Greg James finished his degree in drama at the University of East Anglia 8 years ago, but sadly he missed his graduation ceremony. Due to the pressing demands of his early career, the BBC Radio 1 Drivetime host was never able to don his cap and gown amidst a group of his peers, until yesterday.

He was elected as guest of honour alongside a number of notable figures, all of whom returned to the university over the course of the graduation week to pay homage to the ”mighty UEA”.

James, whose real surname is Milward, was joined by his parents, Rosemary and Alan, at the ceremony, which saw more than 3000 students graduate.

”Mum and Dad didn’t get a chance to see me do this… [but] the investment finally paid off! #tuitionfees.”


As a student, James dreamt of hosting Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

Having undertaken work experience with BBC Norfolk during his time at UEA, James was always in awe of the radio DJs – little did he know he would one day be one of them. But, as fate would have it, his two passions came together earlier this year when Radio 1’s Big Weekend returned to Norwich and re-ignited his love for the university town.

”I hope you have very special memories of this place, like I do, and I hope you feel a special connection to it.”

Before collecting his honorary doctorate of letters, James was sure to express how much the day meant to him.

”It’s a very special place… It’s an important moment, and I feel very privileged to be a part of it today.”

To listen to Greg James’ full speech, click below.

Greg James was one of our honorary graduates today at UEA. He missed his graduation ceremony eight years ago – so today…

Posted by University of East Anglia (UEA) on Wednesday, 22 July 2015


Not sure how happy he was about wearing peach though.