Ed Sheeran was awarded an honorary doctorate today for his “outstanding contribution to music” since leaving school aged 16 – but has now claimed degrees ‘aren’t essential’.
The star said young people faced “a lot of pressure” to go to university to achieve degrees they may not need, as he received his own from University Campus Suffolk (UCS).
The 24-year-old singer-songwriter said he encouraged young people who were uncertain about higher education to “chill” because many university leavers were in debt with unwanted degrees.
He also quashed rumours he will play Glastonbury next year but insisted he will not take an “Adele-style” break from music.
Addressing graduates at Ipswich town hall, Sheeran – watched on by his parents John and Imogen – said: “I’m not really the poster boy for education and I don’t know if I can give advice on that side of things.
“I chose something I love and worked hard at it and didn’t really listen to anyone who told me I couldn’t do something.
“There’s no key to success but the key to failure is trying to please everyone so make sure you please yourself.
“Choose something you love and work hard at it and you’ll be surprised how far you can get.”