David Tennant has been awarded with an honorary degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Drama in a graduation ceremony today.
Watch David's graduation speech below:
World renowned choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne and the internationally-distinguished cellist, Ralph Kirshbaum, pictured below with David, also received honours at the ceremony.
Talking after the ceremony David said: "I'm honoured and rather humbled to be here – it’s all quite overwhelming but lovely to be back. It evokes some very vivid memories.
“It was a very important time for me. I don’t think I would have survived without my time here – for me it was essential. Three years of getting to practice in a safe environment.
“I was quite young, quite green, and I did a lot of growing up here and learned an enormous amount. They were very formative years that I look back on very fondly.”
During his speech David had some words of advice for the young actors graduating today:
"Acting is a privilege; to tell stories, take people into their dreams, inspire and make the world better.
If there's anything else you can do, do that! Above all enjoy yourselves -it's all nonsense"
Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the RCS, said:
“I am delighted that RCS is to confer Honorary Degrees on these truly world-class and inspirational individuals. They represent the highest levels of artistry in their chosen disciplines and help promote international reach of the performing arts. It is fitting that such respected artists join the RCS family in the year that we are named in the world’s top ten for performing arts education.
"We want to celebrate the exceptional achievements of David, Sir Matthew and Ralph and the profound impact they have on individuals and audiences around the world. Graduation is special time for celebration and a great moment for us to congratulate those students who have completed their journey with us. Having stellar Honorary Doctors such as the ones we are announcing today, provides a wonderful opportunity for our students and graduands to engage with and be inspired by these cultural leaders as they prepare to enter into the professional world”.