RIO FERDINAND can legitimately be called ‘Doctor Ferdy’ after he collected an honorary doctorate degree from London South Bank University.
The 43-year-old Manchester United legend was awarded the degree for his social campaigning work that tackles inequality, racism and mental health stigma.
Former England defender Rio Ferdinand is now officially a doctorCredit: instagram
The ex-Man Utd star collected an honorary doctorate degree from London South Bank UniversityCredit: instagram
And sharing a picture of him on stage in his academic cap and graduation gown collecting his doctorate last week, he posted an emotional message.
The ex-defender wrote on Instagram: “I’m incredibly proud to be presented with a Honourary Doctor of Letters by LSBU.
“Growing up in my community, I never thought anything like this would be possible… we were made to feel there was a ceiling or to stay in your box.
“I hope it inspires young people to believe & to have a dream (like all young people should).. we need to continue to learn, to help communities and to break down the barriers that too many people face in their lives.
“Without my parents drive & ethos none of this would be possible.”
Ferdinand, who also played for West Ham, Leeds and QPR, added: “Setting up the @rioferdinandfoundation in 2011 gave us an opportunity to empower young people to be built up and to then become the inspirational leaders within their communities – with the backing of corporate companies offering opportunities to those that come through the foundation.
“Thank you to everyone at @lsbu for their warm welcome today & wishing all the graduates success in the future.
“Never forget the impact you can have on an individual. Dr Ferdy.”
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