BROADCASTER and presenter of BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast Show Chris Evans has been awarded an honorary degree for his outstanding contribution to broadcasting by York St John University.

At the graduation award ceremony, which took place at York Minster, Chris joined fellow honorary and champion cyclist Lizzie Deignan alongside hundreds of students as they were awarded degrees by the university’s chancellor Archbishop Dr John Sentamu and vice chancellor, Prof Karen Stanton.

Archbishop Sentamu first met Chris when he was a guest presenter of Pause for Thought on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show.

He also co-presented a live broadcast of the Radio 2 Christmas Show from Bishopthorpe Palace in 2010.

Dr Sentamu said: “Chris brings such energy and passion to everything he does and his unique style of warmth and entertainment make him a much-loved personality. I wish him and all our graduates my very best wishes and prayers as they continue to make their mark on the world.