THE sun shone on hundreds of University of York graduates who collected their degrees today, Wednesday, on the first of the summer graduations series.

Graduates, their families and friends attended the first of four days of ceremonies at Central Hall on the university's Heslington west campus.

Across the four days they will be joined by leading figures from the world of journalism, politics, science, literature and the performing arts getting will get honorary degrees from the University of York this week.

Every year the university confers honorary degrees on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society.

Among the recipients this year is BBC journalist and author Gavin Esler, epidemiologist and public health expert Prof Dame Anne Johnson, one of the world’s leading professors of medieval literature Prof Alastair J Minnis, the artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Gregory Doran, and another long-standing BBC correspondent, Bridget Kendall.