The Schindler"s List actor, born in Ballymena, was still an undergraduate at Queen's in 1971 as a Physics and Computer Science student, when he left to work in Guinness. And Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Gregson finally awarded the 56-year-old actor an honorary doctorate in New York.
The actor said that he would "finally" be able to tell his mother that he had graduated. On the occasion, the professor even spilled out some details from the actor's original university application form from 1970. Gregson awarded the actor with a Doctorate of the University for his Outstanding Contribution and Service to the Arts.
Neeson said that Northern Ireland would "always be home". "I have often found that no matter where I meet people in the world, there is a path that leads back to Queen's," the BBC quoted him as saying. He added: "Queen's University flies the flag for the arts in Northern Ireland and beyond. It is to be commended on its commitment to the arts sector and in nurturing new talent through its broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses."
Liam Neeson has starred in more than 50 television and film productions and was nominated for an Oscar for his performance as Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List. In March, his wife of 15 years, Natasha Richardson, died of head injuries after a fall at a ski resort in Quebec.