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Royal Festival Hall graduation seals University’s London status

More than 2,500 students will graduate from the University of Roehampton with degrees from Dance to Human Resources Management today and tomorrow, and for the first time ever, they will be graduating at the Royal Festival Hall, on the world-famous South Bank.

Posted: 24 July 2014

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Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul O'Prey
The change of venue from Guildford Cathedral underlines Roehampton’s unique offer: as a London institution with a growing reputation for excellence in teaching and research, which also offers a green, parkland campus experience. This is demonstrated by the significant rises in demand from students from the UK and overseas applying to the University over recent years.

Each graduate will have their award 'conferred’ by one of the University’s senior officers: Dame Jacqueline Wilson, the renowned children’s author, the Dean of Westminster, Dr John Hall, or the University Chancellor, and BBC World Affairs Editor, John Simpson

As well as receiving degrees, dozens of students will be presented with awards marking exceptional academic successes or work to enrich the experience of other Roehampton students through voluntary activities.

Professor Paul O’Prey, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, said: “This week will mark the culmination of years of hard work that our students, supported by their friends and family, have undertaken.

“They will be graduating with the experience gained from their academic work and from participation in the very many social, voluntary and sporting activities the University encourages them to participate in.

“Roehampton places great store in preparing people for the next stage in their lives by teaching the skills and understanding to become responsible, confident citizens ready to enter the world of work and to become leaders in their fields. As they leave us, our message to the class of 2014 is ‘well done, succeed, and remember: we are here if you need us’.”

All graduates will join Roehampton’s growing alumni community, forming a life-long relationship with the University. They can draw on Roehampton’s careers advice service, use the University’s learning resources and work with a mentor to enhance their skills and networks.. As they become more experienced in their own careers, alumni can become mentors themselves, continuing to help younger graduates.

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