Posted: 26 July 2016
In an opening speech the University’s vice chancellor Paul O'Prey, congratulated students on their achievements and expressed his pride on behalf of the University in the students who were about to graduate.
During the graduation ceremonies, the University of Roehampton will also be presenting honorary awards to four highly respected public figures in recognition for their exceptional work in fields of philanthropy, business, the Arts and theology.
Sarah Brown, philanthropist, advocate for global education and health issues and former first lady of the United Kingdom, will be presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws. Sarah is being awarded for her strategic leadership to worldwide efforts to save and change the lives of women and children. Local businessman and former Roehampton graduate Stephen Ludlow of Ludlow Thompson will receive the 2016 Chancellor’s Prize for Outstanding Alumni Contribution. David Jubb, Chief Executive of Battersea Arts Centre will take Honorary Doctorate of Arts. David is being awarded for his dedication to independent artists and companies, as well as working with those organisations which embrace development, such as Central School of Speech and Drama and Your Imagination. While Reverend Andrew Wakefield is offered the Honorary Doctorate of Divinity in recognition of his contribution to local communities.
Sarah is the President of children’s charity Theirworld which aims to give vulnerable babies and children in the UK and across the globe a better start in life. She is also Executive Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education, and created A World at School, to get children across the world into quality education, who otherwise would not have access. As well as leading the #UpForSchool petition which garnered over 10 million signatures, she also lobbied for the new Education Cannot Wait fund to support education in emergencies.
Local resident Stephen Ludlow is a self-starting successful businessman. During his studies at Roehampton, Stephen took up a part-time role in an estate agent in Putney where he met his future business partner David Thompson. The pair bought the agents which then became LudlowThompson, one of London’s leading estate agents. As well as being an active supporter of Roehampton; he is a trustee and former Vice-Chair of the University’s Finance and Estates Committee, he is committed to charities and the voluntary sector.
David Jubb is a theatre producer and has been instrumental in helping to fulfil Battersea Art Centre’s (BAC) mission – to inspire people to take create risks to shape the future. After the recent fire at BAC, David has spearheaded a campaign to relaunch and rebuild the centre which brings much joy to the local community.
Surbiton-bred Reverend Andrew Wakefield has worked as a clergy person in South West London for 38 years. In 2002 he was honoured with the Queen’s golden jubilee medal. He is being awarded for the contributions he’s made through the wide range of roles he’s held across many sectors of our common life, including Chair of Merton Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Merton Community Plan, as well as Chair of London Civic Forum, to name a few.
Graduation ceremonies take place at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, just 30 minutes from the University campus. More information can be found here.
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