Nearly 5,000 Middlesex students donned their graduation cap and gown as they collected their hard-earned degrees in front of a packed crowd.
Families, friends and lecturers watched graduating students with pride, while honorary graduates, successful in their own fields, addressed the students with inspiring speeches.
Vice-Chancellor Michael Driscoll said: “Graduation is an important occasion because it’s a celebration of the culmination of all their hard work. It’s a time when we all come together with our students to recognise what they've achieved and what Middlesex University has helped them achieve.”
The ceremonies were held in the graduation marquee at Hendon campus, followed by a reception in the Rickett Quadrangle.
One student completing his course was former Olympic sprinter Julian Golding who picked up first class honours in Sport and Exercise Science. He said: “Finishing my degree is a culmination of hard work and dedication. My experience as an athlete has helped – you appreciate having to juggle several things and its good motivation for studying for a goal.”
International Business student Yaneesh Jingree: "I feel very happy about graduating and excited about the future. The support I got from the University has been incredible. I'm looking forward to doing my Masters here again."
Middlesex University also recognised the achievements of people who have made outstanding contributions in their fields. Honorary doctorates were given to eight people, including worldwide superstar Roger Daltrey CBE, TV presenter and entrepreneur Sarah Beeny, and Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda.
Roger Daltrey CBE worked with a number of Middlesex students during the production of his ‘rock opera’ Tommy. He said: “If I had the power to give honours, the students would be getting extra honorary degrees from me. After having the privilege of working with them on my production of The Who's Tommy, I was amazed with their vision and creativity. I look forward to seeing more of their work, knowing that within the visual creative industries, the future is a bright one. For me to receive this degree is an honour indeed.”
Fellow honorary graduate Fatou Bensouda added: “I see the degree as recognition, not only for my personal achievements, but more importantly for those of the International Criminal Court and the Office of the Prosecutor.”
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