'Graduations has made all those hard hours of study worthwhile!'

Delight, relief and a great sense of achievement were the overriding emotions as hundreds more De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) students celebrated their graduation on Wednesday.

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The 10.30am ceremony saw students from the Faculty of Business and Law collect their degree certificates while it was the turn of Health and Life Sciences students to mark their accomplishments at the 2.30pm and 5.30pm events.

Business and Marketing student George Taylor was one of many celebrating with his family in the morning. He said: “It was an excellent event and clearly a lot of hard work had gone into making it look and feel so special. It’s been a very happy day with everybody in a good mood and having a sense of achievement for doing so well.

“The day is also tinged with a little bit of sadness because it’s marking the end of an era and a great three years at DMU.”

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George is from Bristol but has been a Leicester City for the past 15 years so remarkably managed to time his spell at university with the Foxes’ unlikely fairy-tale run to the Premier League title in 2015/16.

The 20-year-old says he is now planning to travel while he is still young enough before setting out on a career in the marketing sector. “During the graduation ceremony, I was particularly interested to see the information provided about #DMUglobal’s international trips,” he added.

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Economics student Ross Jordan Mckenzie says he is now looking forward to embarking on a career in stock trading down in London.

The 21-year-old, who is from Harrogate, said: “Everyone was so happy and it’s been a great day – it makes the three years of hard work all feel worth it.”

Dylan Macdonald, of Milton Keynes, said the production around the ceremony was entertaining and he particularly enjoyed the gospel choir’s live performance.

The Business and Marketing student added: “It’s a mixture of relief and excitement with the next chapter of our lives – our careers – now to come.”

Dan Cook was all smiles after the Criminology and Criminal Justice student had collected his degree certificate during the 2.30pm ceremony.

The Kent graduate said he was looking forward to having a little celebration with his uni pals tonight, and explained: “It’s been a fair while since we last all saw each other so we’re looking forward to catching up. The whole day has been really fun day and the ceremony was great – it makes all the long hours studying in the library worthwhile!”

Dan is now hoping to work for the police and has already put his job application in.

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Krishna Solanki is a step closer to becoming a teacher after collecting her Education Studies degree this afternoon and the student was delighted with how the ceremony went.

She said: “It was amazing to see everybody smiling – these are the same people you saw over the last three years all stressed out in the library but today it was smiles everywhere.”

Krishna is now set to start a PGCE at a different university. The ceremonies took place at The Venue@DMU, the purpose-built centre which opened in 2015 to hold spectacular ceremonies, performances and celebrations.  

Today will see more Health and Life Sciences students enjoy their big day as well as those celebrating non-degree qualifications such as higher-education diplomas.

Posted on Thursday 20th July 2017

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