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Student success celebrated at summer graduation ceremonies

Students from across the University will be conferred degrees during July graduation


Graduation ceremonies held this week at the Barbican, in the heart of the City of London, will recognise the achievements of more than 6,000 students. Joined by their friends and relatives, undergraduate and postgraduate students from the five Schools at City University London will be rewarded for their achievements and three distinguished individuals will receive Honorary Degrees.

Each year, City awards Honorary Degrees to people who have made significant contributions within their fields of academic of professional expertise. This July, recipients include global finance and banking leader Michael Smith OBE; celebrated nursing leader Professor Dame Jill Macleod Clark DBE and expert in engineering measurement and control David Kent (Eur Ing).

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Paul Curran said: 

Graduation is a proud time for City and one of the highlights of our academic year. I am delighted to congratulate our students on their successes and it is a privilege to welcome three more distinguished individuals as City honorary graduates.

Michael Smith OBE graduated from City in 1978 with a degree in Economic Sciences and has received wide acclaim during a career in global finance that has spanned more than 35 years. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2000 in recognition of his contributions to the sector. Mr Smith will receive the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science on Tuesday 14th July at 10.00.

Professor Dame Jill Macleod Clark DBE has held positions as Professor of Nursing at Kings College London and as a Dean of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton. She was made a Dame in the New Year Honours List in 2000 for services to nursing. Professor Clark will receive the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of her outstanding contribution to nursing and healthcare on Wednesday 15th July at 2.00.

David Kent (Eur Ing) is a specialist in the field of measurement and control and an alumnus of City’s predecessor the Northampton Institute. He has served as President of the Institute of Measurement and Control and as Master of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers. Mr Kent will receive an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of measurement and control on Tuesday 14th July at 2.00.

The three honorary graduates will speak about their experiences and offer insights and advice to City’s graduating students.

The ceremonies will be streamed live on City’s graduation website.

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