‘Sir Paul McCartney kissed me at my graduation ceremony’

Lucky finalist gets peck from a Beatle after forgetting to shake his hand


Yesterday, one graduate thought all her troubles were so far away.

So imagine Laura Ramsay’s horror when she stepped up to collect her degree from Sir Paul McCartney and her mortarboard fell off.

What’s more, Laura was so focused on fixing her graduation headgear, she forgot to shake the Beatles’ hand.

Luckily Sir Paul saved the awkward situation by giving Laura a kiss on the cheek instead.

He took the stage to congratulate students at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA).

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Laura leaving Sir Paul McCartney hanging

Community Drama grad Laura Ramsay told The Tab: “I love the Beatles. I’ve been listening to them for years but I never thought I’d be meeting Paul McCartney on my graduation day – that’s for sure.

“I knew that Paul McCartney had something to do with the university and when I started it became clear he does the graduations every year.

“So I knew it was coming but it’s still surreal.”

LIPA was founded by Sir Paul McCartney back in 1993 and has famously been there to hand out degrees to graduates every year.

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Laura (left) kept dropping her hat during graduation and got a kiss from Paul McCartney instead

Laura, who got a 2:1, said: “We all made a joke that knowing our luck he’d be ill for our graduation, but he was there.

“I was so nervous about falling over, but thankfully there were dry steps.

“Instead I dropped my hat three times and ran up to Paul saying ‘I dropped my hat it keeps falling off.’

“He said ‘oh you don’t need a hat’, then he said ‘oh wait you do, you’re graduating’

“At this point he’d been holding his hand out to shake my hand the whole time and i’d been completely preoccupied with keeping the hat on my head so I forgot to shake his hand.

“I got a badge from him then he gave me a kiss on the cheek.

“He grabbed me in for a picture and I didn’t even smile because I was thinking about the fact that he just kissed me

“He was really nice. I didn’t know what to expect from someone that famous.

“He tried to speak to everyone who came up on the stage, and there were about 300 of us graduating.

“And he gave a speech at the end of the ceremony as well.

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New grad Laura is a big Beatles fan, but didn’t expect to meet her hero while graduating

As if having a Beatle at her ceremony wasn’t enough, Paul McCartney wasn’t the only big name to make an appearance on the day.

“We had quite a star studded graduation. We had Noddy holder there and Fran Healy, the singer from Travis.

“They’d all given speeches inbetween us graduating, so when he came out he said everything had already been said, so just go out there and smash it is basically what he said.

“There’s actually a picture of me just leaving him hanging which I haven’t been sent yet, which I don’t think will be very good.

“But it’s something to tell the grandkids.”