July 15th, 2010
01:30 PM ET
Forget his recent engagement to supermodel Miranda Kerr; Orlando Bloom can't stop gushing about his new college degree!
"It's a really big deal. It's an exciting day for me," Bloom told UK reporters of the honorary degree bestowed upon him by the University of Kent.
Wearing a mortarboard and red graduation gown, the 33-year-old English actor joined more than 340 graduates for the ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral. "I'm really honored to be back in my hometown," said Bloom. "I have so many amazing memories of the cathedral and Canterbury."
Though he attended London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Bloom had to skip the graduation ceremony to film "Lord of the Rings." This time around, however, Bloom's parents, sister, and fiance were all on hand to watch him accept his diploma.
"I have lived near the university so it's like my playground," Bloom beamed. "It's a huge, huge honor and I feel chuffed, as does my mother - nobody more than my mother!"
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