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Students celebrate their achievements at City’s January graduation ceremonies

Honorary graduates also recognised for their outstanding contributions


Over 2,000 students will celebrate their graduation from City University London this week at ceremonies held at the Barbican in the heart of the City of London. Graduates will be joined by their families and friends and four distinguished individuals who will receive honorary doctorates from the University.

Banker Mr Richard Gillingwater CBE; lawyer and economist Dr Anthony Papadimitriou; journalist Mrs Penny Marshall and senior judge His Honour Judge Brian John Barker CBE QC will receive awards in recognition of outstanding contributions to their professions.

Professor Sir Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor commented:
"Graduation is a highlight of the academic year and provides our students with the opportunity to celebrate their achievements with those who have helped and supported them. It also allows the University to present honorary awards to those who have achieved professional or academic distinction in their fields and are considered outstanding role models for our students. It is a privilege to award degrees to everyone graduating this week. They will join our community of over 130,000 City alumni."

In 2015, over 5,000 students will graduate from City. Around 40 per cent of its academic staff were assessed as producing world-leading or internationally excellent research in the recent Research Excellence Framework.

City's notable alumni include Professor Dame Wendy Hall (renowned computer scientist), Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou (Founder of EasyJet), Sir Dick Olver (Chairman of BAE Systems), journalist Sophie Raworth and lawyer Sandie Okoro.

The ceremonies will be streamed live from City's graduation website. For more information and to watch online, visit


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