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Graduation week and a request for your ideas

Published date
06 Jul 2012
Nigel Carrington

Later this month UAL holds its annual graduation ceremonies at the Royal Festival Hall – eight ceremonies over four consecutive days, in which we say thank you, goodbye and good luck to our graduating students. It’s an exciting and emotional time, when we share the pride of graduates and their families, and see whole cohorts of courses and Colleges come together for one last time.

As you can probably imagine, it’s a massive operation and my gratitude as ever goes to all the staff who plan and organise the ceremonies and work extremely hard to make sure they go like clockwork.

Drama Centre alumnus Colin Firth receives an honorary fellowship

As well as celebrating the great achievements of our students, we also use these ceremonies to award honorary degrees and fellowships to people further along in their careers, who have made worthy contributions to the creative sector. You can see a full list of this year’s honourees here.

We are now beginning to plan the 2013 ceremonies and would very much welcome ideas from staff about people who deserve to receive an honour from UAL. All thoughts are welcome so please do post your suggestions below.

This year’s ceremonies will also include the formal presentation of awards to members of staff who have made particularly outstanding contributions to teaching and the student experience. I will post more details about the winners and their achievements after graduation week.