IT has been an incredible two months for Chris Paterson, writes Kenny Paterson.
The Galashiels rugby star announced his retirement from the game and almost immediately set off for New Zealand to kick- start his coaching education.
And now Scotland’s most capped player has picked up an honorary degree from Napier University.
The former PE student received his honorary doctorate of science during a graduation ceremony in front of 2,000 Napier students in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall.
Paterson, 34, said: “I am truly humbled and absolutely delighted to be recognised is this way.
“It’s already been an incredible year for me and this is another huge surprise and honour.”
Among the other well-known faces to gain honorary degrees were Michelin star chef Tom Kitchin and inventor Steve Cordiner.
Professor Dame Joan Stringer, principal and vice-chancellor of Napier University, said: “We are delighted to be honouring individuals who have made such significant contributions to enriching our culture, building our economies and servicing our communities in so many ways.
“Their achievements together with their qualities are an inspiration to our students.”