An author, broadcaster and journalist returned to Lancaster Royal Grammar School on Saturday almost 50 years after becoming a pupil.
Tom Sutcliffe currently presents the programmes Saturday Review and Round Britain Quiz on BBC Radio 4 and helped to launch The Independent newspaper as arts editor.
His work also includes several series of A Good Read and BBC2 series Watching. He also presented Newsnight Review on BBC2.
Mr Sutcliffe presented prizes at speech day in Lancaster Town Hall. He was a pupil from 1967 to 1974 and went on to study English at Cambridge.
Tributes were paid to John Holland, a governor for 26 years and chairman from 1995 to 2011, and Lord Cecil Parkinson of Carnforth, a former pupil and governor, who both died this year.
Dr Hugh McKinney has retired after many years as vice-chairman of governors.