New kneeling stool unveiled at graduation
The April 2013 graduation ceremonies saw the unveiling of a new kneeling stool for our doctoral students. Hooding research students before they receive their doctorates is a long-held university tradition and the kneeling stool will now be central to this ceremony at City.
The creation of the stool was supported by The Bagri Foundation, whose Trustee, The Hon Apurv Bagri, is City's Honorary Rector and former Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council.
David Street, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, commissioned Master Craftsman James O'Halloran, via the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, to create a stool that reflects the University's heritage and links with the City of London. The first graduand to use the oak, leather and gold stool was PhD student George Bezerianos of Cass Business School.
Previously, James was commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces to design a complete set of ecclesiastical furniture for the ancient Chapel of St John the Evangelist in the Tower of London.
The kneeling stool was presented to Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Curran between the morning and afternoon graduation ceremonies at the Barbican on 29th April.
Speaking at the unveiling, Mr Bagri said: "I am delighted by the quality and craftsmanship of the stool, which is a wonderful reflection of City's history and reputation."
Thanking The Bagri Foundation for its generous support and commitment to City University London, Professor Curran said: "We now have a splendid kneeling stool which befits our proud heritage. It recognises in a very formal and public way the importance of our doctoral students in the life and work of our University"