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Ed Sheeran, MBE

Honorary Graduate


Ed Sheeran, MBE

Multi award winning singer songwriter, Ed Sheeran, from Framlingham is being recognised for his outstanding contribution to music. Despite the musician’s global fame, the 24 year old remains loyal to his Suffolk roots.

Ed Sheeran released his critically acclaimed and hugely successful debut ‘+' in 2011; an album that was certified 6 times platinum in the UK alone and has achieved worldwide sales of over 4 million copies to date. It also saw Ed as the recipient of various awards for the record, including 2 Brit Awards, an Ivor Novello and multiple Grammy nominations. The success of ‘+’ took Ed from the Barfly in London to 3 sold out nights at Madison Square Garden, performing over 400 sold out shows worldwide. In 2014 he released his second album ‘x’ that has since gone on to sell over 7 million copies worldwide and includes hit singles ‘Sing’, ‘Don’t’, 'Thinking Out Loud’ and ‘Bloodstream’ winning Ed a further 2 Brit Awards. Ed's ‘x’ World Tour continues throughout 2015 and has included 3 sold out nights at Wembley Stadium, a performance at the Gillete Stadium in the USA and will close the year with multiple stadium shows in Australia and New Zealand.

At the graduation ceremony on 19 October 2015, Ed addressed the graduating students saying “The only advice I can give is that I never expected to be where I am, I just chose something I loved and worked hard at it and it and basically didn’t really listen to anyone that told me I couldn’t do something. The only advice I could give to anyone graduating today, there’s a very wide range of people, ages and from different places, is that there is no key to success but the key to failure is trying to please everyone else, so try to please yourself and make yourself happy. Choose something you love and work really hard and you’ll be surprised at how far you get because as I said I didn’t expect to be here, my dreams, I achieved my dream about 5 years ago so this is all a bit odd. Thank you for letting me share in such an important day for you and congratulations.”