McCartney appears at graduation celebration.

Sir Paul McCartney met Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts graduatesI have attended many many graduations.  I cannot say that I have really ever seen a graduation speaker that lit a spark in me.  Those speeches always seemed a little canned, and by no means were any of them memorable.  I haven’t been lucky enough to catch a celebrity or politician at a commencement address.  I would love to.

I would never imagine hearing a Beatle, though, giving a commencement address.  That would be too cool. I know that LIPA holds a special place in Paul’s heart.  It’s quite awesome that he still haunts the old school and cherishes it so much.  That must have been really special for the graduates. Nicely done Paul.  

Here’s what we’ve read.

Sir Paul McCartney led the graduation celebrations at the Fame school he set up in his home city. Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (Lipa) opened in 1996 after a long campaign by the former Beatle.

Alongside the graduating students, celebrities Ben Elton and Anita Dobson were being made honorary Companions of the Institute.

Other Companions this year included Culture Club producer Steve Levine and Olivier Award-winning stage producer David Pugh.

Sir Paul, 65, who remains lead patron of Lipa, gave a speech to the graduates before they were presented with their certificates.

Lipa offers degree qualifications in acting, dance, music and theatre studies.

The ceremony took place at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall.

Sir Paul told the graduates he loved them and spoke of his pride that the former derelict building was now “turning out so many good kids”.

He added: “Be clear what you want and believe you are going to get it, work hard and you will get it – you are all brilliant.”

Source: Daventry Express

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