Published on 11 July 2018
James, 24, from Wardley in Gateshead, is now hoping to secure a job as a Chartered Accountant.
James said: "It's been a brilliant day and I feel incredibly honoured to have received this award.
"I was nominated by my course tutor for my efforts in accountancy and finance. I feel really humbled to be here today. It's been a brilliant three years."
The University of Sunderland’s Graduation Ceremonies are estimated to bring £1 million annually to the region and are attended by over 11,000 students, family, friends and supporters.