The University of Suffolk will be marking the achievement of the Class of 2020 over the next fortnight, welcoming back nearly 570 graduates to the University’s Waterfront campus.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions on large scale public events, the Mark Your Achievement events will take the place of the usual graduation ceremonies which were scheduled in October 2020.
The events, which begin today (Tuesday 18 May) provide graduates with the opportunity to wear their gown and be formally congratulated by the University in the presence of their family, and to have the traditional photographs taken.
The event will operate in accordance with the government guidance and safety measures such as the wearing of face coverings and maintaining social distancing will be observed.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Helen Langton, said “Graduation is the culmination of all the hard work of our students, and we are extremely proud of the Class of 2020. Although the last few weeks of their final year were not necessarily as they would have hoped given the national pandemic, nevertheless they all demonstrated resilience and commitment to their programmes of study. This is a time to celebrate accomplishments and we congratulate our graduates on attaining their awards. I wish our Class of 2020 every success for the future. I hope that they will take pride in being a graduate and alumni of the University of Suffolk and will be our ambassador in their future life and career.”
24-year-old Mauro Cardoso from Great Yarmouth completed his degree in BSc (Hon) Sport Performance Analysis. In his final year Mauro was elected Vice-President of the University’s Students’ Union.
He said “My lasting memories will be the friendships that I built through my course and also through participating in the University men’s football team. I was able to connect with people from around the country and became friends with people who are different from my friends back home.”
“Before university, I was coaching at a school and working in a warehouse. I was meant to be starting an apprenticeship, but it got cancelled. I felt like I needed more in my life and I wanted to achieve big things. Therefore, I decided to go to university. I wanted to study at the University of Suffolk because of the opportunity to work with professional clubs through my degree course. Before attending university, I felt lost in terms of my career. Now, I am confident in my career choice and I am excited to get going. I am obsessed with being successful so I can support my whole family. My parents worked hard extremely hard to bring me to England from Portugal, so all I want to do is repay them.”
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