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Yahoo News: "Yoko Ono addresses Liverpool University graduates after receiving an honorary Doctorate of Laws at a ceremony at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, northern England, Monday, July 2, 2001. Ono held up a memento medallion that she had minted, one for each of the graduates being honored Monday, which contains the date ten years hence, as a reminder to them all that she would like them to attend a reunion on that date."



  Yahoo News: "Yoko Ono, wife of former Beatle John Lennon poses after receiving the honorary title of Doctor of Laws by the University of Liverpool, northern England, during a ceremony at the city's Philharmonic Hall, Monday, July 2, 2001. The degree recognizes her artistic work and her patronage of the John Lennon Memorial Scholarship Fund which she founded in 1991 and is now offered to students at the university."

Liverpool Echo: "In a ceremony at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Yoko told the assembled engineering graduands that they were united by a common heartbeat. She said: "Thank you for this great honour. You have no idea what this means to me, for this is not any city, this is Liverpool. "It is my husband John's birthplace and the place that he never stopped talking about all his life. "He would have been very proud for me to be receiving this honour. "You are now going out on your own to test your brain power but remember your heartbeat. "Your heart started beating in your mother's womb before your brain came into being, it is beating in unison with the world. "It means our hearts are always one while our brains can separate us with ideas. "No matter how far you go, remember our heartbeats, remember our love, remember that you are always together and strong." The 68-year-old closed her speech by inviting everyone present to collect a white badge, bearing the slogan 'Free Us', at the end of the ceremony. She said: "Let us come here in 10 years' time wearing these buttons. Have a great time."

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