Rhodri Talfan Davies was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science in recognition of his contribution to the Welsh broadcasting industry.
"Learning has always had a special place in my life. University provided me with friendship and bonds that have remained strong across the decades, and it has given me the confidence and ambition to stretch myself and seek out new experiences and challenges.
You should feel hugely proud of what you have achieved to arrive at this day. It has taken commitment and courage. But I hope you will also embrace your learning as a gift just as much as personal achievement. It is a gift that so many past generations were denied and it is a gift you will always be unwrapping. Learning has an endless capacity to enrich us – and the world around us. it opens our eyes, fires our imagination, excites us, challenges us and helps us be the best we can be.
I wish you all every success in the world beyond these university gates. These are so many adventures ahead and the learning that goes with you will stand you in good stead as you make your own choices. As my old politics teacher used to say as we left the classroom each day: “be kind, be brave but, most of all, be happy”. Mind, he was a miserable so-and-so."