Charles and Carlo the guide dog get a DMU graduation paw-trait

When Marketing student Charles Bloch was approaching his big graduations day, he knew there was one special friend he wanted to share it with – his guide dog, Carlo.

Carlo doggie

Carlo has been at Charles’s side since his second year at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) and has become a real favourite around campus, as he helps Charles, who is visually impaired, with his day to day life.
So a special graduations gown was commissioned for Carlo who duly posed for photographs with Charles at his official DMU graduations paw-trait, complete with his own scroll.

“He’s made a big difference to my time at DMU and he’s made so many friends here,” said Charles. “Everyone knows who he is, he is the famous dog on campus.”

Carlo managed to stay in his official grads gown for photographs but became a bit too hot and he went back to his harness for the ceremony itself at The Venue@DMU.

Charles said: “I’ve had a fantastic time at DMU. The last four years have absolutely flown and we will miss it.”

Charles was one of hundreds of students from the Faculty of Business and Law to graduate today, on the penultimate day of DMU’s summer graduations.

Friday grads

Charlotte Holtby graduated with a MSc in Property Management and Investment, which she managed to complete with a full-time job and having a baby, now four month old Cooper.

Charlotte, who works for The Residential Management Group, said: “It has all been worth it. I‘ve forgotten all the hard work and juggling everything, I just remember the good bits, like today.”

Alisha Monteiro graduated with a Master’s in Advertising and Marketing and is heading back to Mumbai, India, to take over advertising agency Alica Purple. “DMU has been an amazing experience. It has been challenging but we have had the support from our tutors. I have made some good friends here who I’ve worked with over the past year.”

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Honorary Grad Friday


An honorary doctorate was presented to writer, media producer and digital historian John Wyver, who became an Honorary Doctor of Arts. Mr Wyver, who won an Emmy and a BAFTA for his work, has close links with DMU’s Cinema and Television History Institute (CATH), and Centre for Adaptations. He has been pivotal in bringing Royal Shakespeare Company performances to cinemas, a move which has been credited with introducing the Bard’s work to new audiences.

He told graduands: “I am thrilled to be awarded an honorary degree by DMU. The Cinema and Television History centre, and Centre for Adaptations have been hugely important and influential in my academic life. I’m delighted to celebrate this with them, and with you.”  

DMU’s summer graduations come to a close tomorrow with the final ceremonies for Business and Law students. An honorary doctorate will be presented to Bijna Dasani, who graduated from DMU in 2005 and has had a meteoric rise in the financial world.

Posted on Friday 20th July 2018

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