GRADUATION Day is usually all about the cap, but Graham Norton's shoes were the talk of the town yesterday.
The chat show star's laced brogues seemed to dazzle some spectators as he received an honorary doctorate at University College Cork (UCC) – the college he quit halfway through his BA in English and French.
Norton was in fine form as he recalled his college days with mixed emotions.
He revealed that the key to Irish success in Britain's cut-throat TV industry is our classic but classless accent.
His mother, Rhoda, and sister, Paula, both proudly attended the UCC ceremony.
"I am delighted that she finally got value for the money she spent on my education," he quipped.
The star, who was born in Bandon in west Cork, admitted that being Irish in the UK is a major advantage.
"There are so many very good people in London ... in a way it helps to be Irish," he said.
"Terry Wogan always says that, in Britain, an Irish voice is a classless voice and you can talk to anyone, whereas when a British person speaks, everyone immediately says they are richer than me, they went to a better school or a worse school.
"It is a disadvantage," he said.