Ed Sheeran receives honorary doctorate and gets wing of old people’s home named in his honour

Singer attends local events on his return to Suffolk

Ed Sheeran has had an eventful week returning home to Suffolk, receiving an honorary degree and opening a new wing of a care home in his home town.

Sheeran was awarded an honorary doctorate from University Campus Suffolk (UCS) in Ipswich for his “outstanding contribution to music” on Monday.

The singer said during his acceptance speech: “I’ve had an amazing year with my world tour and this makes it even better. Suffolk is very much where I call home and I’m always welcomed back and get so much support.”

I graduated today, I am now officially Dr. Sheeran

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Watch Sheeran’s acceptance speech in full below.


Sheeran also visited the Mills Meadow Care Home in Framlingham, Suffolk, with the newly opened wing named Sheeran Suite in his honour.

During his visit, Sheeran had a tour of the facilities and was given a cheque for £500 for his chosen charity of the East Anglian Children’s Hospice by Care UK.

The care home manager Sue Hill told BBC News: “We are over the moon that Ed could visit us and officially open our new Sheeran Suite.”

“Ed is delightful. We are really grateful that he could spare the time in his busy schedule to pop in.”

Care home resident Mary Swan, who helped Sheeran cut the ribbon, said: “It was a very exciting day and I enjoyed meeting Ed. I even got his autograph.”