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Campus Life Series: Graduate Success

A time for celebration at City’s graduation ceremonies

Students from all five of City’s Schools look forward to exciting new chapters at graduation.

by Matthew Little (Communications Officer)

Around 2,500 students collected their degrees at City’s Winter graduation ceremonies at The Barbican Centre, in the heart of London.

Also, at the graduation ceremonies, City awarded honorary degrees to four esteemed individuals including Mr Michael Cole-Fontayn, Professor Frank Bournois and Mr James Bennett Fairbairn OBE FREng FRSE.

The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor Alderman William Russell was installed as the University’s Rector and awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Business in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the City of London.

Six students who made the short walk across the Barbican stage were also selected to speak at their ceremonies, where they reflected on their time at City, the memories they have made and their plans for the future.

Marina Nobre Braga Guimaraes (MSc Mental Health Nursing), said: “I was very nervous about being student speaker, but it was a great honour. I am so thankful to everyone that I have met both on my course and sports teams.

“I am looking forward to starting my new job as a mental health nurse in child and adolescent services at Newham Hospital.

“Our course at City has taught us to be the person that goes above and beyond to ensure the quality of care we are delivering to patients is unaffected by the challenging limited resources and ever-growing demand.”

Marina Nobre Braga Guimaraes (MSc Mental Health Nursing)

Francesca Sidoli (MSc Real Estate), said: “The highlight of my time at Cass has definitely been the people I have met on my course and the friends that I have made.

“It is great as I have been able to make a network of people, who like me will be going into work. Hopefully we will all be able to work together at some points.

“I have now started a graduate scheme with real estate consultancy Knight Frank. It is a two-year programme where I will rotate every six months between their different departments like residential, commercial and inner city, so I am very excited!”

Gwendolyn Myers (MA International Politics and Human Rights), who started a charity that helps turn former child soldiers fight for peace said: “It is a wonderful feeling to be graduating – it feels like mission accomplished!

“I am so grateful to the Chevening Scholarship programme for supporting me and helping me to study and spread my message of peace at City and in London.

“My aim now is to continue focusing on my charity work where we will be spreading our message of peace to other countries in 2020.”

The ceremonies are available to view online and you can catch up with the action on City’s official social media channels. The hashtag is #CityGrad and you can still share your pictures and memories of graduation on social media.

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