Catriona Matthew receives honorary degree from Stirling University

Double Solheim Cup-winning captain Catriona Matthew has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Stirling.

Scottish golfer and Solheim Cup captain and winner Catriona Matthews with her honorary degree from the University of Stirling, 1 April 2022
Scottish golfer and Solheim Cup captain and winner Catriona Matthews with her honorary degree from the University of Stirling, 1 April 2022

Matthew, a Stirling graduate, picked up her accolade at the same time as polar scientist Professor Sir Ian Boyd.

The pair joined 719 students at Friday’s graduation - the first in-person ceremonies to take place at Stirling since November 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Matthew was the first female to join Stirling’s international sports scholarship programme in 1987. After graduating, she became a major winner and Solheim Cup legend.

Speaking after the ceremony, she said: “I am truly humbled to receive such an honour from the University of Stirling. Never in my wildest dreams did I envisage returning almost 30 years after graduating with an honours degree in finance to receive an honorary doctorate.

“It was a pleasure to be back on campus and celebrate alongside today’s graduates.”

Boyd, a former Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, was celebrated for his contribution to environmental science.

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