Thousands celebrate graduation

Around 3,600 students will don caps and gowns to celebrate their achievements at the University of Wolverhampton’s graduation ceremonies.

A total of 17 ceremonies will take place at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, starting on Thursday (4 Sept) with students from the Faculty of Social Sciences.

The last ceremony will take place on Friday, 12 September 2014 when students from the Faculty of Science and Engineering will collect their awards.

Each ceremony will begin with a procession of honorary graduates, senior University staff and governors and invited guests through the city.

Twelve people will receive honorary awards at the ceremonies, including Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis, multiple gold medal winning Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey and Director General of the BBC Lord Tony Hall.

A further 18 people will receive professorships at the ceremonies.

After each ceremony, students and their families have been invited to attend a drinks reception in the Harrison Learning Centre, the University’s main library, to end their graduation day.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer, said: “Graduation is always a special time for everyone at the University, and we’re looking forward to celebrating the achievements of our students this week.

“The ceremonies mark the end of years of hard work and dedication for our graduates as they move onto the next stage of their careers or further study.

“We’re also delighted to be welcoming such a diverse and interesting group of people to receive honorary degrees.”

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Date Issued: Monday, 01 September 2014

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