More than 2,500 Students in Graduation Splendour

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A record number of graduates will take part in the annual University of Worcester graduation ceremonies this year, held over four days next week in the atmospheric Worcester Cathedral.

Year-on-year, the University of Worcester celebrates the success of an increasing number of students. This year, the bar has been set higher again with the ceremonies being held over four days to allow for the capacity of 2,536 successful graduands who will be receiving their degree, two thirds more than five years ago.

The University of Worcester has one of the highest overall graduate employment rates for any English university with 15 out of 16 graduates in work or further study within six months of leaving. This year’s graduands are already gaining employment across the region in vital areas such as teaching, nursing, midwifery, science and sports.

Twice daily from Tuesday, November 6 to Friday, November 9, the academic staff and fellows of the University of Worcester will don their fine robes to walk in a colourful procession from the Guildhall to the Cathedral where the graduands will be honoured.

Vice Chancellor Professor David Green said: “This has been an excellent year for our students and we are delighted that so many will be graduating.

“Our graduate employment is still one of the highest overall for any English university. This is testament to the quality of our degrees and the level of practical teaching and work experience that we provide for our students.”

The University of Worcester will also be awarding four University Fellowships and five Honorary Doctorates in this year’s ceremonies to people selected by the University Honorary Awards Committee for outstanding achievements and distinction in their field.

Professor Green continues: “The University is developing its strengths in arts, culture and heritage and health and wellbeing and this year’s University Fellows and Honorary Doctorates have been chosen as inspiring examples of people in these fields.”

Recipients of University Fellowships 2012

Angela Brinton: One of the Deputy Lieutenants for Worcestershire and wife of the late Lord Lieutenant of Worcester Michael Brinton.

Chris Jaeger: Chief Executive of Worcester Live!.

Kathryn Martin: Chancellor Emeritus of University of Minnesota Duluth.

Pam Taylor: Former Principal of Newman College, Chair of the Plater Trust and Education Committee for Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark as well as a governor of St Joseph’s school in Malvern.

Recipients of Honorary Doctorates 2012

Karen Armstrong: Author of 12 books on comparative religion and a well respected commentator.

Les Bailey: At the age of 62 he competed in his first Duathlon World Championship and qualified for the European and World Championships every year. At the age of 75 he is still competing.

Sir Philip Craven: President of the International Paralympic Committee and former paralympian.

Nicholas Lloyd: Chief Executive of Malvern Theatres.

Sir Michael Perry, GBE, Kt –Former Chairman of Unilever, Chairman of the Leverhulme Trust and a trustee of the Daiwa Foundation.