West-End and Broadway star Kerry Ellis has been awarded with an honorary fellowship from the University of Suffolk.
Kerry, who was born and raised in Suffolk, achieved chart topping success as a recording artist signed to Universal Decca with her debut album- Anthems. Kerry originated the role of Meat, in Queen’s We Will Rock You and was the first British Elphaba in the worldwide smash, Wicked, for which she won the 2008 Whatsonstage.com Award for ‘Best Takeover in a Role’.
Her other leading role credits include Nancy in Oliver!, Eliza Doolittle My Fair Lady, Ellen in Miss Saigon and Fantine in Les Miserables.
Kerry said, “I feel quite speechless, it is overwhelming. Being recognised for a job that you love and that you have been doing for your whole life is the cherry on top especially to have it from your home county, it is a real honour.”
“My message to the students is to dream big, follow your dreams. If you can find something you are passionate about you will have a very happy life- a very busy, happy working life and I think that’s what it is all about. Be brave, be confident and don’t be put off, be resilient and believe in yourself.”
Hundreds of students from the School of Social Sciences and Humanities have graduated from the University today. Earlier in the day singer, songwriter and producer Nik Kershaw and Deputy Chief Executive of the Internet Watch Foundation, Fred Langford, received honorary doctorates.
Tomorrow students from the School of Health and Sport Sciences will received their degrees. In total 1,517 students will be conferred at ceremonies in Ipswich this week.
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