Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis was given an honorary degree from the University of Wolverhampton this week.
The 42-year-old, who grew up in the area, was handed the honour for her services to athletics, 14 years after being given the freedom of the city.
"It is a privilege to be back in my city and to be recognised in this way is fantastic," the Express & Star quotes Lewis as saying. "I can't really put it into words but it is a proud moment. I travel all around the world but this is home and to be honoured once again is a great feeling."
Lewis won gold in the heptathlon for Great Britain at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.