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Sun shines on Graduation Week 2013

Posted on 15/07/2013

This week sees approximately 2,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students graduating in Royal Holloway’s summer ceremonies.

They will take place in the historic setting of Founder’s, with degree presentations in the Chapel and champagne receptions held in the quads. There will be 13 graduation ceremonies held over the week, heralded by a trumpet fanfare played by the Honourable Artillery Company band.

“Ceremonies are the highlight of the academic year. It is a time to celebrate and be proud of the achievements of our students, and also to recognise the vital support and encouragement of family and friends,” said Professor Paul Layzell, Principal of Royal Holloway.

“Royal Holloway graduates go on to achieve success in all walks of life, all over the world, and we wish our July 2013 graduands well in the exciting and challenging opportunities that lay ahead.”

Among the undergraduates attending this year’s ceremonies is Sara Lakin, who will be graduating with a first-class honours degree in Psychology. Sara has been offered a rare placement in Sri Lanka, where she will have the opportunity to lead therapy sessions in a hospital and in an orphanage.

“When comparing my university experience with friends from other places, it is clear that my time here at Royal Holloway has been very unique. The close-knit campus has enabled me to fully immerse myself in sports, societies and volunteering alongside my degree, in a way I never thought possible. The friendly atmosphere has allowed my confidence to grow both socially and academically,” she said.

In addition, there will be four Honorary Degrees awarded this year, including to the writer and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, President of the Institute of Physics Peter Knight, scientist and broadcaster Alice Roberts and Scottish playwright David Greig.

The ceremonies will be available to watch live from the Royal Holloway website. More information is available here.


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