Winter Grads 2020: DMU graduates make friends for life

They say university is where you make friends for life – and today’s graduates could not agree more as they clapped, hugged and cheered each other’s achievements.

Today it was the turn of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities to celebrate as hundreds of graduates crossed the stage to collect their hard-earned degrees.


Among them were best friends Ola Khayat and Basma Sabbahi who are both starting new careers as university lecturers after completing their PhD studies. Both are from Jeddah, but had not met until they began together at DMU.

Ola said: “We are best friends now, we have been there for each other. She has helped me through this, and it has been an amazing journey.”

“Not only have I got my PhD, but I have got my graduation with my best friend,” added Basma, whose families had flown over from Saudi to be at the ceremony.


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Friends Yingying Zhang, Laxmikant Ramkhalawon, May Altoorah and Tijani Gigado were all celebrating getting their Master’s in Architecture.

May said: “The best part of DMU? Definitely meeting my friends. I loved that there are so many international students here and meeting these guys is a highlight.”

“We are definitely keeping in touch,” added Yingying, who will be heading back to China to work in an architecture firm.


Family and friends of graduates had flown to Leicester from all over the world to celebrate the big day. Many brought presents including bouquets of flowers and balloons for them.

Beomsoo Shin, who was awarded a Master’s in Design Management, said: “I have made friends for life at DMU.”

Song Park, from Korea, collected her Masters in Fashion and Textiles, added: “Studying in the UK has been a life-changing experience. My tutor gave me a new perspective. Before, I focused on my weaknesses but my tutor taught me to find my strengths.”

Posted on Friday 24th January 2020

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