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Time to celebrate: Graduation 2016

A proud time for City


Thousands of City students and their friends and families will gather at the Barbican this week to celebrate graduation. Students from City’s five Schools will graduate during three days of ceremonies, from Monday 18th to Wednesday 20th July.

City will also award honorary degrees to four esteemed individuals: Susan Kilsby, Nicholas Capaldi, Baroness Helena Kennedy and posthumously, Dame Zaha Hadid.

Susan Kilsby is the Chairman of Shire plc, a leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people affected by rare diseases. Susan is also a Non-Executive Director of Goldman Sachs International.

Nicholas Capaldi is the Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Wales. Prior to this he was an Executive Director of Arts Council England South West. He studied Arts Policy and Management at City and graduated in 1989.

Baroness Helena Kennedy is one of the United Kingdom’s most distinguished lawyers and has practised at the Bar for 40 years. During this time she has conducted many leading cases and has championed law reform for women. She has been a Member of the House of Lords for 19 years.

The late Dame Zaha Hadid was a respected British-Iraqi architect and founder of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA). Dame Zaha’s famous designs include the London Aquatics Centre, used in the London 2012 Olympics.

Professor Sir Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor of City said:

Graduation week is an extremely proud time for City. It is a chance for staff and students alike to celebrate the hard work and talent that goes into completing a degree course. It is also a pleasure to award honorary degrees to four individuals who have excelled in their fields. I hope our students graduating this week can look to these individuals as role models and find inspiration in what their achievements. I would like to congratulate those graduating and extend a warm welcome to our honorary graduates.

You can watch the ceremonies online via and follow all the action on City’s official social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to share your pictures and memories, using the hashtag #CityGrad.

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