Graduation Day brings smiles and great prospects for UWL's class of 2018
It was a day of joy and celebration for more than a thousand UWL graduands who attended graduation ceremonies with their families and friends at Wembley Stadium, today.
Years of study and sacrifice paid off for around 1,100 former students who studied at London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism, the London School of Film, Media and Design, London College of Music and the School of Human and Social Sciences.
Joining graduands at three ceremonies were individuals whose outstanding career achievements have been marked with honorary awards by the University. Businesswoman Fay Sharpe, film producer Rebecca Harris, psychotherapist Leyla Hussein and theatre impresario Professor Ken Pickering enjoyed a wonderful day and collected Honorary Doctorates.
Addressing a packed Great Hall at Wembley Stadium - which was transformed into a sea of black mortar boards, gowns and stunning outfits, UWL Chancellor Laurence Geller CBE said: ‘Wembley Stadium has seen many triumphs, but none are greater than your own accomplishments. Graduands here today are the embodiment of what is best in our society.’
Mr Geller hailed Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter John for his leadership in making UWL into one of the top 50 ranked universities in the UK, in the Guardian University Guide 2019. ‘Your vision continues to drive us to ever greater heights,' he said.
'UWL is setting new standards in what a University must be in the modern world. We are a leader in the field of vocational education.’
Hailing graduands for successfully completing their studies, Vice-Chancellor Prof. Peter John, said higher education is a fantastic investment in the future. ‘We believe nothing should get in the way of education and that students should be empowered to achieve excellence. Our graduates have higher than average starting salaries and we have the second highest satisfaction score in London in the National Student Survey.’
Businesswoman Fay Sharpe collected an honorary for her outstanding career and philanthropy. She had advice for UWL’s new graduates, who embark upon their own careers from today.
‘It’s a great honour and a real achievement to be here today and I want to thank the University for bestowing the honour upon me,' she said.
'My advice to today’s graduates is to be determined and to have goals. It’s important to believe in yourself because if you don’t, then nor will others. I hope the graduates take inspiration from what they have achieved today.’
Three hundred donors who have given £2.5m to the University and whose generosity has enabled 200 students to progress with their studies this year, were praised by the Vice-Chancellor in his address.
Summer graduations continue tomorrow (Wednesday) with ceremonies for the School of Law and Criminology, the Claude Littner Business School, the College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare and the School of Computing and Engineering.