Hundreds more students celebrate on final day of Winter Graduations


Hundreds of smiling students donned their caps and gowns for the final day of De Montfort University Leicester’s (DMU) Winter Graduations today.

Students from the Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities and the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Media spoke about their pride at collecting their hard-earned degrees.

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Ghefarel Basha, who is originally from Libya, graduated with a degree in Interior Design and said that she loved her time at DMU so much that she has decided to stay and study for a Master’s.

She said: “I’ve actually got to go and give a presentation for my Master’s later today!

“It’s been so great that I decided I want to carry on, so now I’m doing a Master’s in Design Management and it’s really interesting.”

It was a family affair for Ben Cunliffe, who graduated from a foundation course in Performance (Acting). Ben was joined at the ceremony by his mum Louise, who finished a Psychology degree at DMU two years ago, and brother Sebastian, who is currently studying an Art foundation course at DMU.

Ben said: “I’ve loved being at DMU, everything is easily accessible and the facilities and things that are available are great. It’s been really nice to share the day with my family.”

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Rebecca Swift graduated with a PhD in Photographic History having spent seven years at DMU looking at how photography is used in adverts and how creativity has evolved over time in the commercial environment.

Rebecca decided to study at DMU to enhance her knowledge of the photography that she uses in her career as a Creative Director at Getty Images, one of the world’s largest photography agencies.

“I wanted to extend my understanding of photography,” she explained. “I’ve really enjoyed my time at DMU.

“Being a PhD student is slightly different because I didn’t spend as much time at the university, but my supervisors and the department was the thing that attracted me here in the first place and the support that I got along the way was amazing. I know that’s not typical of other universities and it really kept me going over the years.”

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Christos Pantelidis, from Greece, has spent the past five years studying Mechatronics and after receiving this degree will stay at DMU to do a Master’s in Electronic Engineering.

He said: “It’s been wonderful with some amazing experiences. The student life has been the best thing about being at DMU.”

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Rukuan Sun, another international student, will put his Cultural Events Management degree to use by working at a music museum in his home country of China.

He added: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at DMU. The atmosphere, the people, the teachers, everything was great.”

Police Officer Julian Chambers graduated with a degree in Forensic Road Collision Investigation after finishing the distance learning course at the age of 52.

“I’ve really enjoyed it and it’s been a big help for my career,” he said.

“The highlight for me is the fact that I’ve managed to pass it at my age. You are never too old to do something proper with your life!”
Posted on Thursday 24th January 2019

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