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Hundreds of students graduate alongside human rights campaigner


Human rights campaigner Jasvinder Sanghera told graduates to use their experience to make a contribution to society as she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

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Jasvinder escaped a forced marriage by running away from home at the age of 16. She then founded the charity Karma Nirvana, which supports victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage.

“This is an immense moment for me and I’m honoured,” she said.

“This is what honour looks like, I’m in the field of constantly campaigning against honour-based abuse and I feel deeply honoured and proud and privileged that I am now part of the De Montfort University family and I will take that with me everywhere I go.”

Jasvinder Sanghera

Hundreds of students from the faculties of Technology and Business and Law collected their awards on the firth day of summer graduations at The Venue@DMU.

Nyasha Sibanda collected his PhD in Cinema History after nearly four years’ study with the Cinema and Television History Institute (CATHi). His supervisor, Laraine Porter, was there to see him collect his doctorate which focused on the coming of sound in British cinema.

He is now off to Japan, to spend two years teaching English in secondary schools and hopes to learn enough Japanese to begin work studying Japanese cinema.

He said: “It has been an incredible time, it has been fun having the freedom to research and to think and to follow my research instincts. Learning about archival research and delving through old records really appealed to me.”

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Information and Communication Technology graduate Neil Patel was one of dozens of graduates from the School of Computing and he is now looking forward to starting a new job on a graduate scheme at IT consultancy Spartan Global.

He said: “My final year was hard but it was worth it. I was a bit nervous before the ceremony but it was good fun and now that it’s over I can enjoy myself with my friends.”

Hannah Oldroyd and Rebecca Tagg both graduated from Graphic Design and Illustration.

Hannah said: “DMU has an atmosphere of its own, it’s very friendly, and homely and it’s a close-knit community. It’s been a great experience to be a student here.”

Rebecca Tagg added: “My favourite memory of DMU was coming here for the last year after a foundation degree and meeting all these people who have now become really close friends.”

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Adam Brown enjoyed graduating from Mathematics and will take some memorable experiences with him.

“The ceremony was really good and I’m very proud of myself” he said. “I brought a lot of family with me and it’s been really nice to share it with them.

“Studying at DMU has been amazing. The highlight was going to Denver on a DMUglobal trip which was really good. We went to the SAS Global Forum which was really exciting and we also went to Los Angeles afterwards.”

Sarah Alkharraa graduated from Intelligent Systems with First Class Honours.

She said: “I really enjoyed it, I was so excited to graduate. Finally I made it! It was three years of hard work, but I got a first so it was all worthwhile.”

Posted on Thursday 19th July 2018

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