They’ve got great designs on their future – and today, hundreds of Engineering students took the next step in their careers as graduates of De Montfort University Leicester (DMU). Today marked the start of DMU’s 22 summer graduation ceremonies, with students from the School of Engineering and Sustainable Development becoming the first to celebrate the end of years of hard work.DMU’s newest graduates will be working in diverse sectors from aerospace to agriculture, designing solutions to problems affecting society and industry.Mechanical Engineering graduate Ellie Morris will be working with Lincolnshire company AgriMech, as a design engineer, helping create products that automate the agriculture industry. She said: “I had two jobs offered to me on one day and I chose this one because it was such an interesting area. “I have definitely enjoyed myself at DMU. We have made genuine friendships and we all supported each other. It’s been hard work but fun.”Matt Pipkin, of Cornwall, also collected his degree in Mechanical Engineering but plans to go into forensic engineering, investigating accidents.He said: “I’ve always loved solving puzzles, I think that’s why I studied Engineering. I came here as a mature student and did a foundation year, so today is the end of four years. My mum and dad are here to see me today, it’s the end of an era.”Nora Ali, Nicole Aifuwa-Morgan and Melissa Jade Mitchell were making sure they had plenty of photographs, posing outside the giant ‘Congratulations’ sign outside The Venue@DMU.Nicole said: “We all started together in foundation year and to be here graduating four years later, it seems surreal. “We bonded as we were all girls studying Engineering and there were so many boys but honestly, I think we have showed that women can not only do Engineering but do it better!”RELATED NEWS* Find out more about DMU's graduations* Watch DMU graduation ceremonies on YouTube* Just graduated? Let us know what's next for you hereA graduations village has been created in a marquee outside the venue, where families could watch the ceremony being streamed live, share celebration drinks and graduates could find out more about DMU’s alumni organisation, #DMUforlife.Electronic Engineer Edward Adjei had a special ‘Class of 2019’ scarf woven by hand for him back in Ghana which his family brought for him to wear with his gown. He’s now going on to study for a Masters in Electronics Design. “I like that you can be creative in engineering, and try to create new designs,” he said. He dressed mum Cecilia in his gown for a fun photograph. “I’m very, very proud of him” she beamed.
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