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CLASS OF 2023: Student and Honorary Graduate achievements celebrated

An image of a graduate smiling at the camera

The University of Wolverhampton is all set to celebrate its Class of 2023 student achievements at 17 graduation ceremonies as well as presenting Honorary Awards to people who have made a significant contribution to their field of expertise. 

The graduation ceremonies will take place from Thursday 14 September until Friday 22 September with almost 3,500 students and 17 Honorary Graduates taking to the stage at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre in the City Centre.  

The students will join a community of over 145,000 graduates in 130 countries across the world, becoming part of the University’s global alumni network. 

An image of Michaela Strachan BBC TV presenter smiling at the camera

Honorary Graduates this year include BBC TV’s Springwatch host, Michaela Strachan, the longest serving regional newsreader in the country, Bob Warman, MBE, Manny Kang, local fundraiser and Wolves fan and University of Wolverhampton alumni and Oscar winning visual effects specialist, Manolo Mantero who was nominated for an Emmy award for his work on the Netflix Stranger Things series as well as working on high profile films including Dune, Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile and  Sony Pictures’ Men in Black: International. 

Professor John Raftery, Interim Vice-Chancellor at the University, said: “Graduations are one of the most important and uplifting events on our calendar. It offers our graduates a chance to celebrate their wonderful achievements with friends, family and supporters and the wider University community. It’s also an opportunity for staff to show how very proud we are of our graduates and to send them on their way with our blessings and good wishes as they embark on the next steps of their journey." 

David Wedge, Deputy Head of Alumni Relations, at the University, said: “Graduation is always an exciting time for the University and the City, as it turns into a sea of caps and gowns with students and staff proudly processing through the streets. 

“Class of 2023 graduate successes will be celebrated on the University’s Alumni social media channels and graduates are invited to share photos, thank you messages and fond memories of their time at the University of Wolverhampton. 

“Graduates will also receive a short video clip of their stage walk in the days following their ceremony – a lovely keepsake for them which they are able to share with family and friends and on their own social media channels.” 

An image of local fundraising Manny Kang celebratingAfter graduation, graduates become members of the Alumni Association and are encouraged to keep in touch, to take advantage of a wide range of benefits and support on offer, including a discount for postgraduate study. 

Images show Michaela Strachan (picture credit Benjamin Harris) and local fundraiser, Manny Kang.


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