Lady Mayoress attends graduation ceremony – to receive her degree

Posted by mjs76 at Jul 09, 2010 03:07 PM |
Postgraduate student holds official Leicester title this year.

Quite a number of Leicester graduates have gone on to wear a mayoral chain of office, in Leicester or elsewhere. But this could be the first time that a mayoral chain has been worn by a graduate receiving their degree on completion of their studies.

Eleanor Davidson is the current Lady Mayoress of Leicester, appointed to the position earlier this year by her friend, Councillor Colin Hall, Lord Mayor of Leicester City Council. On Thursday 15 July Eleanor will receive her Masters Degree in English Local History, along with several hundred other University of Leicester students.

Like the Lord Mayor, Eleanor is a humanist. She is a qualified Humanist Celebrant, allowed to officiate at funerals where families request a secular or non-religious ceremony. She is also a Humanist Chaplain at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

Born and raised in Leicester, Eleanor left school with only a handful of O-levels. She returned to education twenty years later, studying for A-levels and then a degree in Hispanic Studies at the University of Nottingham before starting her Masters at our Centre for English Local History. She has now been awarded a PhD Scholarship to study Social, Cultural and Community Life in Leicester and Leicestershire through a detailed study of the evolution of funeral practices and ideology as significant factors in the secularisation of religion.