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University of Sussex awards degree to youngest ever honorary graduate

The University of Sussex today awards an honorary degree to Brighton-based charity CEO Liam Hackett – on the day of his 27th birthday.

Liam Hackett founded the equality and anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label aged just 16 after starting a MySpace page reaching out to other people impacted by bullying. He expanded the business while studying for his degree in business and management at the University of Sussex. Now it is a thriving charity, recently expanding into the USA and Mexico, and has helped hundreds of thousands of young people affected by bullying.

Liam will receive an honorary Doctor of the University degree from Sussex on Friday 19 January, as part of its Winter Graduation event. He said: “To be honoured as the youngest ever honorary graduate today is one of my proudest moments and I truly am speechless. Ditch the Label is now a global movement and I am proud to devote my career to standing up for the civil rights and liberties of others.”