Drummer to return to University of Westminster
michael baggs
15:21 26th November 2012

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is collecting a degree from the University of Westminster - one that he started studying for fifty years ago.

Mason joined the Regent Street Polytechnic - which later became the University of Westminster - in 1962 to study Architecture. 

However, he met bandmates Roger Waters and Richard Wright while he was attending, and the three of them formed Pink Floyd.

When the band started to become successful, after practicing in the common room in the university's basement, Mason dropped out of university in order to fully focus on Pink Floyd.

Now the University of Westminster is awarding Mason an Honorary Doctor of Letters in recognition of his significant contribution to the music industry over the last fifty years.

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.

"Three of Pink Floyd met there so in essence we were formed under the roof of the Polytechnic; we rehearsed in the common room in the basement and made some of our first performances there."

Nick Mason performing at the Olympics Closing Ceremony with Ed Sheeran, Richard Jones and Mike Rutherford.

Alan Fisher, Head of Music and Interim Dean of School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster, added, "Nick Mason has been at the forefront of the music industry for nearly fifty 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.

"Other alumni would argue that Pink Floyd’s presence at the Regent Street Polytechnic really helped to shape the atmosphere and influenced the experience of student life for those who attended at the same time."

Below, watch Ed Sheeran, Nick Mason, Mike Rutherford and Richard Jones perform a cover of Pink Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here' at the Olympics closing ceremony:

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