'Extremely proud' - Head praises Shrewsbury students after graduation ceremony
Graduates gathered at an historic church to celebrate their achievements with family, friends and tutors.
University Centre Shrewsbury’s newest graduates were at St Chad’s Church to receive undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and awards at a ceremony.
Vice chancellor of the University of Chester, Professor Eunice Simmons, at the first in-person ceremony since before the Covid pandemic.
Professor Simmons said: “Graduation ceremonies are a highlight of the academic year. Each is a testament to all the hard work and dedication - and a wonderful occasion for them all, their families, and everyone who has supported them in their achievements.
“It is a real pleasure to recognise all that they have accomplished - which is all the more exceptional in the time of a pandemic. We congratulate them and wish them every success in the future.”
Head of University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS), Professor Paul Johnson, said: “I am extremely proud of our students, our partnerships, and the contribution our students have made, and that our graduates will go on to make.
“Those graduating have not only completed their studies despite all of the challenges of Covid, but also made outstanding contributions to the community, whether that be through supporting their fellow students, making an impact on our local communities through academic research, or through fundraising and volunteering their time and talents.
“They have overcome recent challenging years, globally, to succeed and make a lasting impression. Congratulations to them all.”
Kimberley Jordan, who graduated with a degree in Medical Genetics, added: “I will always cherish the life-long friendships and memories I have made at UCS.
“The support I received from my friends, lecturers, the wider University, and of course my parents, has helped me tremendously in achieving a first-class honours degree, and now furthering my studies with a Master’s degree.
“We have been provided with many opportunities at UCS to make friends and cement these friendships, to participate in events that would further develop our interpersonal skills, and help us carry these skills forward into our professional lives.
“We were only in our first year when Covid hit but we were given the help we needed which made the difficulties so much easier - and I would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ for all the support I have received.
“It is an honour to celebrate with everyone, share a speech at our graduation ceremony and wish everyone all the best in their future endeavours.”