London Met’s graduates celebrated at the Barbican

The Winter Graduation ceremony saw hundreds of London Met graduands celebrate their academic achievements at London’s Barbican Centre.
Date: 12 December 2017

Over 800 London Metropolitan University students graduated from the iconic Barbican Centre, in the heart of the City of London, earlier this week.

Along with their proud family members, graduates from the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, the Guildhall School of Business and Law, the School of Social Professions, the School of Social Sciences, the School of Human Sciences and the School of Computing and Digital Media attended the Winter 2017 Graduation ceremony which was held on Monday 4 December.

Professor John Raftery, Vice-Chancellor of London Met, said: “Graduation marks an important milestone in our students’ lives, and I'd like to congratulate all of our graduates on their achievement. Our graduates are our ambassadors, and I thank their families and friends for supporting them along the way.”

Of the 800 graduates at the Winter 2017 ceremony:

  • 15.3% of the graduates had a known disability
  • 69.2% of the graduates were from a BME background
  • 68.9% of the graduates were female
  • 53.5% of the graduates were aged 25 or older (as at last Monday's date) - the average age was just over 33
  • 43.2% of the graduates' parents did not have HE qualifications

In his speech at the ceremony, Professor Raftery talked about the importance of having a higher purpose, beyond short-term transaction and personal advancement. He called on graduates to do their part to help create a better future for their families, their communities and their country.

Over 360 students achieved a top degree or were awarded a prize for their achievement.

Acclaimed actor and director and national treasure, Richard Wilson OBE, was awarded an honorary degree, making him Doctor of Letters. He was honoured by London Met’s School of Human Sciences as his career before taking up acting was in Biomedical Science. He is best known to millions of TV viewers as grumpy Victor Meldrew in One Foot in the Grave.

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