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Students celebrate their achievements at City’s summer graduation ceremonies

Honorary graduates were also recognised for their outstanding achievements

by Sophie Cubbin

nullNearly 2,000 students were awarded their degrees at City University London's 2014 summer graduation ceremonies. The successes of City's five schools were recognised during the celebrations at Barbican in the heart of the City of London.

Graduates were joined by three distinguished individuals who were honoured for their outstanding contributions to their professions. The Reverend Dr Martin Dudley, geneticist Sir Paul Nurse and Sandie Okoro, Global General Counsel at HSBC Asset Management, all received awards from the University.

Professor Sir Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor of City University London, commented:

Graduation is a high point in the University calendar - it provides our students with the opportunity to celebrate their achievements with family and friends.  It also allows the University to present honorary doctorates to those who have achieved high professional or academic distinction in their fields and are considered outstanding role models for our students. It was a privilege to award honorary degrees to three such accomplished and deserving recipients.

City University London has over 17,000 students of whom about a quarter are from outside the EU and over a third are postgraduates. In 2014 City will award more than 5,000 degrees. These graduates will join more than 130,000 alumni from City University London, which is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for graduate-level jobs (The Good University Guide 2014) and in the top 5 for graduate starting salaries (Lloyds Bank). City's notable alumni include Mahatma Gandhi, Tony Blair, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou (Founder of EasyJet), Sir Dick Olver (Chairman of BAE Systems) and journalist Dermot Murnaghan.

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