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Pink Floyd's Nick Mason Returns to Old University to Receive Honorary Degree

Image courtesy of Copyright H Tempest Limited (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Copyright H Tempest Limited (via ABC News Radio)

On Monday, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree for his contributions to music by the University of Westminster in London.  Mason became a student at the school in 1962, when it was known as Regent Street Polytechnic, and it was there that he first met fellow Floyd members Roger Waters and Richard Wright .  The drummer had studied architecture at the college but left a year before completing his studies when his band's career began to take off.

Reflecting on his experience at the school Mason said, "Studying at the Regent Street Polytechnic introduced me to some of the key people and biggest collaborators in my career, many of whom I have been lucky enough to work with over the last 40 years."

He added, "In essence [Pink Floyd was] formed under the roof of the Polytechnic," while pointing out that the group practiced in the basement of a common room at the institution and played some of their first gigs at the college.  "Not only did studying architecture teach us some useful stuff," said Mason, "but it also gave us an opportunity to develop and put us in touch with some fantastic mentors and industry contacts that have helped us along the way."

Meanwhile, Alan Fisher , the University of Westminster's Head of Music, noted, "Nick Mason has been at the forefront of the music industry for nearly 50 years.  He helped found Pink Floyd, a band which is internationally renowned for innovation, both musically and in terms of stage design and production, aspects of which were undoubtedly influenced by the band members' architectural education at the university."

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