The final day of graduation ceremonies have taken place at Ipswich’s Town Hall.
1,342 students were conferred at ceremonies this week; the last full student cohort of University Campus Suffolk. Next autumn will see the conferral of the first degrees awarded by the University of Suffolk.
Honorary Doctorates were presented to former Suffolk headteacher Neil Watts and the Executive Director of Nursing, Dr Ruth May.
Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo was recognised with an honorary fellowship. The Lowestoft raised boxer was unable to attend the ceremony as he prepares for his first pro title fight this weekend in Birmingham.
He sent a video message saying “Congratulations everyone gradating today, I’m sorry I can’t be there. I really am gutted; I have been looking forward to it for weeks and weeks. Hopefully I will get all your luck and support come Saturday night.”
“So over to you, massive congratulations. You are now going into the big wide world. If I’ve got any advice it is to have a dream, have a goal and work towards it no matter what. I have had quite a few setbacks in my career and been told that I should pack up and do something else with my life. I’ve got a dream of becoming world middleweight champion and I work hard every single day to one day make that a reality.”
“Be bullish, when people say you can’t do something use it as fuel to do it, want it even more and that’s what I have done. I have been very lucky in my life; I’m being honoured with this award today which I really, really appreciate. You guys will face some hurdles in your life, overcome them and come back stronger and more successful. Congratulations, well done, all the best for your future. I’ll be cheering you on all the way.”
Honorary Awards recognise notable contributions to the educational or cultural well-being of society. This can be in business, industry, commerce or enterprise, for academic distinction, for public or community service or an exceptional involvement in the University.
Students graduated from the Faculty of Health and Science and included 28 year old Andrew Lim. He was awarded a BSc Hons in Diagnostic Radiography and said before his ceremony “I feel very happy, very excited and it is good to see a lot of my friends again and to be graduating alongside them, there’s an immense sense of pride.”
Andrew is now working as a Diagnostic Radiographer at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. He benefitted from an Erasmus exchange programme to Norway during his studies and said of his course “My experience at Ipswich Hospital, which was my placement site, was really beneficial to me. The modules I took also helped shape me into the Radiographer that I am today.”