Students from City’s six schools graduate over four days of ceremonies
“We thought that a worldwide pandemic was going to stop us, yet here we are today celebrating our achievements!” beamed student speaker Elena de Ficchy at her graduation ceremony.
Between Friday 14 July and Wednesday 19 July, nearly 3,000 students from across each the six schools at City, University of London donned their mortarboards at the Barbican Centre and began their new journeys as alumni.
Also on Friday was student speaker, Victoria Alexandria Costa Duarte, graduating with a master's in law. She addressed her fellow graduates:
On Monday, student speaker Anjali Patel, who received a BSc Mathematics with Finance and Economics, addressed the congregation:
Also on Monday, student speaker Bianka Baranova graduated with a BSc in Music, Sound and Technology. Originally Slovakian, she wore her country's traditional clothing to address her fellow graduates:
On Tuesday, student speaker Elena de Ficchy, who graduated with a BSc in Economics, said:
Ukrainian mother-of-two Tetyana Chetin was awarded a BSc in Psychology with Criminology. Speaking to her fellow graduates, she said:
On Wednesday, student speaker Kush Patel, BSc International Business, addressed the audience:
The new Student Union President Akanksha Kumar, who has been in post since the beginning of July, also graduated on Wednesday with a BSc in Business Management with Marketing. In her term, she hopes to work on the cost-of-living crisis and the student experience. She took the opportunity to address her fellow graduates:
Closing the round of ceremonies, student speaker Sabrina Fuchs, who graduated with a BSc in Banking and International Finance, addressed the crowd:
Three exceptional people were conferred honorary degrees.
Honorable Dame Bobbie Cheema-Grubb, who is a City alumna, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for her service to the field of law. In 2015, she was appointed High Court judge and became the first woman to take on that role in the UK.
Vice-Admiral Duncan Potts awarded an honorary doctorate in science for his outstanding military service. He has served as the Director General of the Defence Academy in the UK and as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff.
Data journalist John Burn-Murdoch, Chief Data Reporter at the Financial Times and City alumnus, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree for his significant contribution to data-informed argument in the public realm.