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Students from City, University of London’s postgraduate and research courses celebrated at their online graduation ceremonies


Roughly 2,000 graduates from all five of City’s Schools donned their virtual mortarboards and filled online Zoom rooms, unmuting to cheer their course mates, families and friends.

While markedly different to previous years, the four days of online graduation ceremonies allowed academic staff and proud relatives to celebrate the success of City graduates, in what has been an extremely challenging year.

City January 2021 online graduation ceremonies
City January 2021 online graduation ceremonies

It felt like a real achievement to be graduating today. Although a traditional graduation ceremony was not possible, City did an extraordinary job of celebrating its students online. Today has inspired me to continue learning to build a bigger and brighter future for us all.

I never imagined studying for an MSc would be as enjoyable as my time at City was. As the mother of 2 young children I felt incredibly supported throughout my studies.

Although currently working clinically as an MRI radiographer, I am looking forward to a future academic career and exploring exciting research opportunities.

– Gemma Walsh (MA Radiography 2021)

Graduating from home was Emily Parham, (MS Speech and Language Therapy 2021), who tweeted: "Today I graduated in true Covid style Congratulations to all of my MSc SLT colleagues, we did it."

Emily Parham, (MS Speech and Language Therapy 2021)
Emily Parham, (MS Speech and Language Therapy 2021)

The celebrations also included messages from President, Professor Sir Paul Curran; Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, Chancellor of the University of London: The Rt. Hon Lord Mayor Alderman William Russell; Saqlain Riaz, Students’ Union President; and the Deans of City’s five Schools.

Graduation is the high point in City’s calendar and although the circumstances are unusual, it remains a great privilege for me to congratulate you, as you leave as City graduates to make your way in the world.

You will leave City as a graduate and forge your own path in life, but at some point I am sure you will look back over your shoulder and when you do I can guarantee that City will have progressed.

You will see new buildings, exciting programmes and an absolute commitment to that higher form of education where one learns from those who themselves are learning.

– President Professor Sir Paul Curran

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