Captain Tom is made honorary graduate of Cranfield University near Milton Keynes

Famous fundraising pensioner Captain Tom Moore has been made an Honorary Doctor of Science by Cranfield University for his services to the country and community. .
Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now

The 100-year-old former British Army officer raised more than over £30m for NHS charities in the run-up to his 100th birthday by walking laps of his Bedfordshire garden,

Baroness Young of Old Scone, Chancellor of Cranfield University, and Sir Peter Gregson, Vice-Chancellor, presented Captain Tom with the honorary degree during a video call.

Captain Tom said: “This is something very special for me. I have heard so much about Cranfield and I am pleased we are both putting Bedfordshire on the map.”

Captain Tom walks his 100th lap of his gardenCaptain Tom walks his 100th lap of his garden
Captain Tom walks his 100th lap of his garden

Baroness Young of Old Scone, Chancellor of Cranfield University, said: “It is an honour to bestow a Cranfield honorary degree on Captain Tom. He is an inspiration to us all, and to future generations, of what can be achieved when you rise to a challenge.”

Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Cranfield University, said: “Captain Tom’s now well-known saying ‘tomorrow will be a good day’ echoes our own University’s motto from our RAF background ‘after clouds, light’. As we celebrate the achievements of our students, they have a shining example in Captain Tom as they set forward and make their own contribution to the world.”

“Over the last few months, we have seen the strength of our Cranfield community, whether that is among our students and staff, our global alumni network or in our relationships with business. In honouring Captain Tom, we mark another important part of that community here in Bedfordshire and the wider region.”

Cranfield University’s airport played a key role in a special flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, to celebrate Captain Tom Moore’s 100th birthday on April 30. Cranfield’s air traffic control staff controlled the flight using the airport’s state-of-the-art Digital Air Traffic Control Centre and let the aircraft crews use its frequency to wish Captain Tom a happy birthday, live from the cockpit as the Hurricane and Spitfire flypast took place over his hom

This year, Cranfield University’s graduation will, for the first time, be hosted online, when nearly 2,000 invited graduates from more than 100 countries will be joining the virtual celebrations this Thursday and Friday.