June Sarpong and Misan Harriman honoured by Ravensbourne University London

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Television presenter, author, and activist June Sarpong, and acclaimed photographer, entrepreneur, and social justice advocate, Misan Harriman, have been awarded honorary doctorates by Ravensbourne University London in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the fields of broadcasting and photography, respectively.

The honorary degrees were presented to Sarpong and Harriman during Ravensbourne's winter graduation ceremony held at the Barbican, London, where both individuals also delivered an impactful speech to our graduating students.

June Sarpong has been a prominent figure in the media industry for over two decades, known for her work with major television networks such as ITV and Sky, and her commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion. Her engaging and insightful approach to discussing important social issues has earned her widespread acclaim, making her a respected voice in the industry.

In addition to her achievements in broadcasting, Sarpong is an accomplished author, having written books that address pressing social challenges and inspire positive change. Her advocacy work for equality and diversity has had a lasting impact on the media landscape, aligning with Ravensbourne University's commitment to preparing students to thrive in a diverse and rapidly evolving world.


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Misan Harriman has gained international acclaim for his powerful and emotive photography, capturing iconic moments that transcend the boundaries of art and activism. His unique ability to tell compelling stories through images has made him a trailblazer in the field, with a portfolio that includes capturing historic events, cultural moments, and portraits of influential figures.

He was the first black man to shoot a cover of British Vogue in the magazine’s 104-year history.

In addition to his remarkable career in photography, Harriman has consistently used his platform to advocate for social justice and equality. His commitment to highlighting underrepresented voices and addressing systemic issues aligns seamlessly with Ravensbourne's mission to inspire students to make a positive impact in their chosen fields.


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Andy Cook, Vice Chancellor at Ravensbourne, said, "We are delighted to have given June and Misan honorary doctorates. We truly believe that their influence will continue to resonate within the university community and beyond, inspiring young creatives to use their talents for positive societal changes."