Graduation week is always big news at De Montfort University, but today’s final ceremony of the day was also live on regional television.
The reason? Award-winning TV presenter Anne Davies of BBC East Midlands Today
was made an Honorary Doctor of Letters – and in true professional style, she broadcast live from the ceremony for this evening’s edition of the programme.
Anne said: “I got the letter about the honorary degree in December and I was so shocked and it’s so lovely – I had a little tear actually. It’s possibly one of the nicest things which has ever happened to me, genuinely.”
Sharing the ceremony with dozens of Journalism students, Anne had good advice from a long and successful career to share. Joining her on air were students from Leicester Media School in DMU’s Faculty of Technology including Journalism
and Media Production.
She said: “It is about not giving up. At one time I went to I think nearly every radio station in the country for an interview and nobody gave me a job.
“So you have to want it more than the next person. When there’s a certain shared level of skill and quality what makes you stand out is how much you want it.”
Anne, who lives in Leicestershire, has twice received a Royal Television Society Award for her work. Away from TV, she is a huge fashion fan and founded the Fashanne Awards to celebrate the talent from fashion students at DMU and other institutions from the East Midlands. RELATED NEWS:
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Happy graduates celebrated the end of three years' hard work with friends outside The Venue@DMU. Lucy Mackinnon, Journalism and Media graduate, said: “DMU has been immense. I genuinely didn’t think I would get to this stage, I’m just absolutely thrilled.”
“The best bit about university has been making friends for life,” said Lyric Gough, who graduated in Media Production
. “I have had some good experiences like going to New York with #DMUglobal.”
Zahrah Patel and Rebecca Nisbett were graduating in Mechanical Engineering
. Rebecca has landed a graduate role already and will be starting work in Shropshire.
Zahrah said: “Not many girls go into Mechanical Engineering, more definitely should. It has been very interesting. We’ve had a great time.”
Posted on Wednesday 18th July 2018