DR John Guy, principal of Farnborough Sixth Form College, received an OBE from the Queen at an investiture held in Buckingham Palace.
Dr Guy was notified of his award, for services to education, in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June.
Dr Guy said: "The Queen seemed knowledgeable about the college and congratulated me on the achievements of students. She was also aware that her son, Prince Edward, had recently opened the Prospect Theatre."
Dr Guy, 51, who lives in Camberley, was accompanied to the Palace by his wife, his mother, and three sons, one of whom is a student at the Sixth Form College. He is pictured with his wife.