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Summer Graduations 2013


Starting tomorrow we will be celebrating the outstanding achievements of our graduating students and honouring actors, authors and artists, a sports star and one of TV’s best-loved personalities.

These will be the second summer graduation ceremonies to be held at Curve and this year we’re pulling out all the stops, with live streaming of all the ceremonies, so anyone can watch. We’ll also be selling copies of the ceremonies after they’ve finished.

Nearly 3,500 students will receive their graduation certificates on the stage at Curve as they reach the end of their university journey. It is a chance to reflect on the many things our students have achieved in their time at DMU, and to wish them well as they head out into the world. Faculty ceremonies are on the following days:

Saturday 13 and Monday 15 July

Business and Law

Tuesday 16, Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 July

Art, Design and Humanities

Friday 19 July

Health and Life Sciences

Saturday 20 July


During the week we will be presenting 10 honorary degrees to local luminaries, DMU alumni, and some household names.

TV star Clare Balding, famous for her sports interviews and coverage of the Olympics and Paralympics will become an honorary Doctor of Arts. It is the first time that she has been awarded an honorary doctorate and follows her work with DMU on the BBC Radio 4 series Sport and the British

The sporting theme continues as we award Leicester Tigers star and DMU alumnus Geordan Murphy an Honorary Doctorate of Letters following his retirement as a player at the end of last season.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Sir Robert Burgess will see graduations from a different side as we present him with an Honorary Doctorate in Education from DMU on Saturday.

Leicester author Sue Townsend, the creator of Adrian Mole, becomes an Honorary Doctor of Letters and film and stage actor, author and theatre historian Murray Melvin – famous for his role in Ken Russell’s The Devils and to Doctor Who fans as baddie Bilis Manger from Torchwood – will become an Honorary Doctor of Arts.

We will also honour DMU graduate Doug Ellison – who works at NASA, helping create films which explain space missions and showcase its work to millions

And finally, in a joint ceremony, Sir Peter Blake CBE – the man christened the Father of British Pop Art and who has designed such iconic album covers as Paul Weller’s Stanley Road and Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – will be made a Companion of the university alongside artist and print maker Brad Faine and painter and printmaker Professor Brendan Neiland who will receive the Honorary Doctor of Arts. Sumer Singh, principal of Daly College, Indore, is to become an Honorary Doctor of Education.  

For the very first time, all the graduation ceremonies will be streamed over the university’s digital signage system, or you can visit the live streaming website.

For the graduation information you need, just visit our graduations page, and keep an eye on our Facebook page| and tag yourself.

Posted on Thursday 11th July 2013

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