It’s taken three years – or sometimes more – of dedication and commitment to their chosen subjects, but now the scene is finally set for hundreds of De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) students to become graduates.
The ceremony itself, which includes film sequences, music, live performances and congratulatory speeches, has taken months of planning to ensure that, when the students cross the stage at The Venue@DMU to receive a certificate confirming them as graduates, it will be a day to remember.
The first formalities take place on Saturday morning at 10am and there will be a total of 20 ceremonies over the next seven days, in front of huge audiences made up of family and friends.
The ceremonies will honour graduands – as they are known before collecting their degree certificate – from the four faculties of Arts, Design and Humanities, Business and Law, Health and Life Sciences and Technology.
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Naimah Kasem will be graduating on Saturday 21 July from the Faculty of Business and Law with a degree in Human Resource Management.
She said: “I feel a bit overwhelmed. It was so much hard work but it has paid off and I am really proud of myself. I feel I really deserve it. My ultimate goal in life now is to become a Human Resources director.”
Sophie Jane Corner, who has completed her Drama Studies course, will be graduating on Tuesday.
She said: “I am really excited. It will be nice to see everyone together again at the university, for one last time, and it will be a great celebration for a great three years.
“It has been such an enlightening time and one of the best experiences I have had so far in my life.”
Louise Cunliffe graduated in Psychology last year and is currently completing a Master’s Degree. She has also been accepted to stay on at DMU for a further three years to study a PhD.
Louise said: “My graduation was amazing. I absolutely loved it. When you are standing there waiting to have your name called to go across that stage and to receive your certificate, it makes all the hard work and the ups and downs that come with it worthwhile.
“I had wanted a degree for so long and I was fulfilling one of my dreams. I can’t wait to graduate again in January with my master’s. I love putting on that hat and gown!”
During degree week there will also be five people bestowed with honorary degrees.
Honorary degrees are traditionally conferred during the summer and winter graduations at DMU, to recognise people who are an inspiration to graduates, due to outstanding achievements in their field and because of their contributions to learning.
The five honorands will be Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers, Jasvinder Sanghera, founder of Karma Nirvana, award-winning journalist Anne Davies, Bijna Dasani, DMU graduate and Head of Architecture and Innovation for Lloyd’s Banking Group, and Professor John Wyver, of Illuminations Media.
You can watch all of the degree ceremonies as they happen on our Facebook page dmuleicester
Posted on Friday 13th July 2018