Singer-songwriter Marc Almond had some inspirational words for graduating students on Tuesday as he accepted an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from Edge Hill University.

Marc Almond has sold over 30 million records worldwide in a career that has spanned a diverse range of musical styles from the electro of his band Soft Cell to Turkish torch songs to Brazilian Macumba music and Russian folk. In 2010 Marc – who grew up in Southport – celebrated 30 years as a recording artist with a successful tour, culminating in receiving Mojo magazine’s ‘Hero Award’. He released three albums in 2014 and has most recently released the musical anthology Trials Of Eyeliner covering the years 1979-2016. His Shadows and Reflections tour is scheduled for October and November this year.