Upon accepting the award for his outstanding services to music, he said: “I want to say I’m completely overwhelmed if I’m honest I’m truly blown away by it. I want to thank the University for giving me this award, and it means a great deal to me professionally and personally.”
“And a huge congratulations to you all,” he said, addressed the newly graduated class. “You smashed it, come on you’ve got degrees and that!” he says to an eruption of applause while waving the tube that holds his degree around.
The Found What I’ve Been Looking For singer was born and raised in Bedford, he had his big break when he was featured in the 2016 Chase & Status single ‘All Goes Wrong’.
Tom has since released his debut album, Lighting Matches, which is now certified as a silver record by the Brits council.
Reflecting upon his new doctor status, he said: “I feel very honoured to receive this, and I want to say congratulations to everyone that got a degree today. Keep doing you; keep believing in what you’re doing. Keep knowing you’re wicked, you’re cool, and everything will be good.”
“My advice if you want to get into a creative industry is believe in your creativity. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s rubbish or you can’t do it because creativity is beautiful. There are 7 billion or however, many people in the world and one or more of them will love your creative thoughts.”
Ending his speech, he said: “I’m Tom Grennan, and I’ve got a doctorate oi oi.”