NORTH-East funnyman Jason Cook has finally made it to a Sunderland University graduation ceremony.
The creator of BBC sitcom Hebburn studied at the university, but dropped out during his first year when his stand-up career began to take off.
Now he has been awarded an honorary fellowship in recognition of his innovative contribution to entertainment as a comedian, writer and actor.
He received his citation in a ceremony at the Stadium of Light yesterday.
“I’m amazed and humbled to be getting this award,” he said.
“I’m totally blown away and it was great for my mam to finally see me graduate from something as well.”
Jason started writing comedy sketches after following his father into the Merchant Navy, aged 18.
After returning to the North East to study Media Production at Sunderland, he began touring as a stand-up.
His solo show, My Confessions, won critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and was named Best International Show at the 2007 New Zealand International Comedy Festival.
In 2011 he created and appeared in Hebburn, about his hometown.
University vice-chancellor professor Peter Fidler, says: “Our honoraries have all made highly-significant contributions within their fields, and will inspire our graduates as they celebrate their academic success and embark on their careers.”