Final day of Winter Graduations sees hundreds more students collect their degrees


The final day of winter graduations saw hundreds more students receive their degree from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) today.


Students from the faculties of Technology and Arts, Design and Humanities donned their cap and gown and celebrated their graduation with family and friends.

A total of 2,500 students have graduated over the past three days during a total of seven ceremonies that were held at The Venue@DMU.


Bola Oba, who completed a master’s in Information Systems Management, spoke of his pride at walking onto the stage in front of his family.


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“It’s a special day, I got my master’s today,” he said. “I’m excited and grateful to start a new journey now. It’s great to share the day with my family and friends. DMU is a very good place, I’ve had four great years here and now I’m looking forward to starting work.”

Music Technology graduate Joshua Jones is staying at DMU to study for a postgraduate music degree but enjoyed the chance to celebrate his success.


He said: “It’s great to finally graduate. It was a really good ceremony, really well produced. The DMU choir were amazing and some of the focus on music was good because I studied music so it was nice to see some of that shown.”

Leah Robertson has graduated from the BT Cyber Security Apprenticeship and is now looking forward to going into full-time work.


She said: “It means I can change my apprenticeship into full-time employment now, I’m going into a job called DDoS, and we’re the first lot of apprentices they’ve employed so that’s really good.”


A large team of DMU staff worked on the graduation ceremonies, with planning starting in the summer last year.

Here are a few statistics which show how big an operation it was.

Total number of ceremonies – Seven

Number of students who graduated – 2,500

Hours of graduation footage streamed live to the world  – 8.5 hours

Number of spots lighting the stage - 76 

Number of speakers - 26

Total length of cabling - 8km

Days spent installing equipment and constructing the marquee - Six

Number of pictures appearing on the big screens in each ceremony - 330


Posted on Thursday 25th January 2018

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