University to celebrate graduation

Almost 4,000 students and their families and friends will gather at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Thursday, 1 September 2011 to celebrate their academic achievements.

For the first time, each of the 18 graduation ceremonies will begin with a procession of senior University staff, academics, Governors and honorary award recipients. The processions will start at the University’s buildings in the city centre and conclude at the Grand.

Students from the School of Applied Sciences will be the first to collect their degree scrolls at two ceremonies on Thursday, 1 September 2011. The last ceremonies will take place on Friday, 9 September 2011 for students from the School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer, said: “Graduation is a special occasion for our students, their friends and families and also the University staff who have provided guidance and support along the way. This will be my first graduation at Wolverhampton and I’m looking forward to celebrating our students’ achievements as they move onto the next exciting steps of their career or further study.”

The University will also present honorary degrees to 11 people over the course of graduation. They include singer-songwriter and former frontman of Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Kevin Rowland, West Bromwich marathon runner Dave Heeley, known as Blind Dave, and Bridgnorth-born former Great Britain and England hockey player Craig Parnham.

For a full list of this year’s honorary award recipients, visit 2011 honoraries


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