Professor Jean White, chief nursing officer for Wales, has been awarded an honorary fellowship by Bangor University.
Professor White has been CNO for Wales since 2010 and was presented with the honorary fellowship for services to nurse education at a ceremony on Friday.
She said: I’m overwhelmed by this honour and hugely grateful to the university for doing this.”
She added: “I feel somewhat humbled actually, that I, as a nurse, should be recognised by the university in this way.
“I feel the university has instilled a real sense of values within the students and this can only benefit the public that they go on to serve as health professionals,” she said.
In a message to graduating students at the awards ceremony, Professor White wished them the best of luck with their careers and told them she expected them “to do great things in their professional careers”.
“They are taking a very important first step into a professional lifetime that I have certainly benefited from in my career and I hope and expect great things from them,” she said.