SOUTHAMPTON singing sensation Craig David was among the hundreds of students graduating from Southampton Solent University today.

The 27-year-old R & B star who has sold more than 13 million albums received an honorary degree of Doctor of Music for his contribution to the music industry.

He wore a traditional ceremonial graduation gown when he accepted the honour this morning at Southampton Guildhall.

He said: "I am very overwhelmed and honoured because academically it is something I never thought that I would go away with a degree, having taken the route I did with my musical career.

"To be here today with all my family and friends is a great time. It really is."

After the ceremony Craig met students for a question and answer session, that was also attended by pupils from his old school, now called Upper Shirley High. University students performed a selection of songs for him with the highlight provided by the R & B star himself - an impromptu performance of Walking Away.

Craig is the latest famous name to be recognised after film, television and theatre actor Jeremy Irons and fashion designer Jenny Packham also received honorary degrees.

More than 2,000 students graduated from the university this week with degrees and professional qualifications.