A THIRD batch of students graduated from the University of Worcester today (November 8).

Day three has also seen honorary doctorates given to space travel authority Dr Laurie Leshin and Holocaust survivor Mindu Hornick.

Dr Leshin is a recipient of NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal as well as its Distinguished Public Service Medal – having held various positions with the independent agency.

She was also appointed by Presidents Barrack Obama and George W. Bush to advisory boards for the Smithsonian Museum and Space Exploration Policy.

Other achievements include having an asteroid named after her, while she currently President of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, USA.

Ms Hornick was sent to Auschwitz Concentration Camp in 1942 at the age of 12, where she lied about her age, so she was allocated work rather than being sent to the gas chambers.

Having lived in the West Midlands for 50 years, she has spent the last 15 years devoted to educating hundreds of schools and universities about the Holocaust.

She also works alongside the Anne Frank Foundation and the Holocaust Education Trust.

The achievements of more than 3,800 students are being celebrated throughout the week.

University vice chancellor and chief executive, Professor David Green, said: “Our graduates of 2018 join an illustrious community of over 100,000 Worcester graduates who have made and are making an immense contribution to British society.”