The former Beatle will present more than 250 graduating students with their special LIPA badges at the ceremony at the Philharmonic Hall which starts at 1pm.
The 71-year-old has attended the event every year since the performing arts college was opened on the site of his former school, the Liverpool Institute for Boys – known as ‘the Inny’ – in 1995.
Meanwhile DJ and musician Mark Ronson – who produced the late Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black album – and legendary US record label boss Seymour Stein are among those set to be made Companions, LIPA’s version of honorary degrees, at today’s event.
Companionships are bestowed on luminaries from the arts and entertainment world for both outstanding achievement and for practical contribution to LIPA students’ learning.
Ronson, whose mum hails from Southport and Stein, whose record signings include Madonna, Depeche Mode, The Smiths, The Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen, will be joined by theatre design consultant Andy Hayles, improv master and director Keith Johnstone, Olivier Award-winning dancer and choreographer Stephen Mears, and industry magazine editorial director Zenon Schoepe.
Rowena Morgan, business development officer for the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) will become an Honoured Friend in recognition of her contribution to the development of LIPA’s music masterclass programme.
This year’s graduates come from the UK and more than 15 countries including India, Mexico, South Africa and Venezuela.
By Catherine Jones