Carol Vorderman has shared the challenges of going to Cambridge as a comprehensive school student, just days after her son Cameron graduated. Countdown legend, 61, Carol cried from the rooftops about Cameron’s success as her delayed graduation from the University of the West of England in Bristol took place on Tuesday 10 may.
Cameron King, who is the son of Carol and ex-husband Patrick King, graduated with a first class degree two years ago in animation but his ceremony was delayed due to Covid-19, and also has graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Dundee last year. Cameron, who now works as a 3D animator, faced ‘endless bullying’ and struggled in school due to his severe learning difficulties, but is now enjoying great success.
After attending her son’s graduation ceremony earlier this week, Carol shared a proud achievement with her 219,000 followers on Instagram. Alongside a photo of herself, Cameron and her daughter, Katie, Carol wrote: “I just realized that my little brood and I are a college family.
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“Left to right: Vorders…Masters in Engineering from Cambridge. Cameron…Masters in Animation and VFX, Dundee University.
“Dr Katie King…MSc (Science) and PhD (Nanotechnology)…Cambridge. Weird really but we never thought of ourselves as an academic family, we love to learn…
“Ha…so here we are. The Vorder Kings.”
Although Carol has had a stellar television career, things haven’t always been easy for the star. This morning, May 12, Carol paid tribute to Cambridge engineering scholar Mr Donald Green, who she said ‘fought, decades before it was fashionable, for women to study engineering. engineering and science at Cambridge University and for public school children to enter Cambridge”.
Carol wrote: “I was incredibly lucky to be interviewed by him at what became my beloved college @sidneysussexcollege in 1977. I was only 16 from a comp to Rhyl and on school lunches free and life was hard, very hard, but his smile and his incredible joie de vivre changed me and so many others.”
Carol has previously spoken of her deprived childhood in North Wales, where she was raised alone by her mother, Jean, alongside her two siblings in a small flat in Prestatyn. Until the age of nine, Carol shared a bed with her mother, and there were four of them in a room.
In an interview with The Mirror, Carol said entering Cambridge was the “proudest moment” of her life. She said: “It’s hard for people to understand now how momentous that was.
“I was in a comprehensive school and I didn’t know anyone in all of North Wales who had gone to Cambridge. My headmaster asked me why I was applying there and I said, ‘Well, I going to be a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force and if I want to try to be that I need the best degree from the best university. ‘”
According to Carol, her university made three offers that year to girls from northern public schools, and they all ended up with their own Wikipedia pages. She said: “When the offer came, I don’t think my feet touched the ground for about a week. I went there in the third year when college started taking girls, and I was one of the first 50 women to study engineering there.”
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