UWL Graduations 2018 in Pictures!
Two days of graduation ceremonies took place at Wembley Stadium in glorious sunshine this week, as hundreds of graduands received degrees from the University of West London.
Ceremonies on Tuesday and Wednesday were a wonderful culmination of years of dedication and hard work for hundreds of students who studied courses at the University’s eight schools and colleges.
A celebratory atmosphere was created by the presence of families and friends, who joined former students and created an unforgettable day out for everyone involved.
For new graduates who now embark upon their careers, there were inspirational speeches from 11 Honorary awardees who collected Doctorates from UWL in recognition of outstanding achievements in professional life, including the Rt Hon. Paul Boateng, the UK’s first black Cabinet Minister and Rebecca Harris, the producer of a film which scooped an Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards in Hollywood.
UWL is proud to be the Career University, with a mission of providing courses which empower students to enjoy rewarding careers.
Shira Zinkin, 22, who graduated in Advertising and Public relations, said graduating was such a special feeling.
‘The graduation today was really fantastic and very special because it was the last chance to catch up with everybody and be together to celebrate our achievements,’ she said.
'I feel like studying at UWL has really helped me by opening up a lot of doors for me. I’ve been approached about jobs from a few people I met through my teachers, which is fantastic. UWL has been great for making contacts.'
The Rt. Hon. Paul Boateng was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his long record of achievement in public life. He praised UWL for widening participation in higher education and extending opportunity through its portfolio of career-focused courses.
‘It’s very significant for me that the University has chosen to honour me in this way and I’m delighted to be an honorary graduate of UWL' he said. 'For me, education is absolutely central to a life well lived and I want to see education made accessible to all. We have a long way to go, but the important about the University of West London is that access and opportunity are at the heart of what it does and that’s why I’m glad to be receiving an honorary award form this University.’
Zac Miller, 22, graduated in Film Advertising. He Joined UWL in his second year of study and said the University helped make the transition seamless.
‘UWL has helped me every step of the way. They made coming here in my second year an easy transition and there are plenty of societies which enabled me to get stuck in as quickly as possible into my academic field. I think studying at UWL has opened so many doors.’