John Sergeant has become an Honorary Doctor of Letters at the University of Lincoln.
Sergeant is a television and radio journalist and broadcaster. He was the BBC's Chief Political Correspondent from 1992 to 2000 and the Political Editor of ITN from 2000 to 2002.
Speaking to the Echo before the afternoon graduation ceremony he said: “I’m thrilled to bits I never thought I’d get to say trust me I’m a doctor before.
“I’m flattered to receive this honorary doctorate especially as I come from such an academic family.
"My mother would be thrilled.
"It’s a much more exciting and interesting world these students are going out into than it was when I was their age.
"I would say the golden age is not over it's at their feet."
This morning Lord Ian Blair of Boughton received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws in recognition of his significant contribution to the Metropolitan Police Force.
Lord Blair was the most senior police officer in Britain from 2005-2008, and during this time was widely regarded as a leading exponent of police reform.
The graduation ceremonies continue until Thursday afternoon and will be attended by more than 14,000 people and will see 3,000 students graduate from the University.