Roger Grainger (OS 1951) has been in touch to let us know about the most recent of the seven doctorates he has collected in his 60 years since leaving Stockport Grammar.
His latest doctorate is in pastoral studies and was awarded to him in October at South Africa House in Trafalgar Square in the presence of FW de Klerk, a former state president of South Africa credited for engineering the end of apartheid.
Roger is based in England, but is a professor in theology at North-West University in South Africa, an institute which he tells us he is immensely proud of:
It actually consists of a union of three universities, two of which are African, and the third, which is by far the oldest, Afrikaaner.
Students spend a year of their degree courses on each campus (Potchefstroom, Vaal Triangle and Mafeking), something which would have been scarcely imaginable 20 years ago!