Published on 29 March 2019
The gowns were ready and the scrolls rolled as students from the University of Sunderland in London graduated in style.
More than 400 guests were invited to the Hilton Hotel, Marsh Wall South Quay Square, London, on Friday to witness friends and family celebrating one of the biggest days of their lives.
The University’s Vice Chancellor, Sir David Bell gave a special message ahead of the celebrations.
He said: “I know how much students in London are really enthusiastic about the University and I know this is going to be a great celebration, a happy day for everyone.
“I want the families and the friends there to support our new graduates, to really show their appreciation.”
Shanso Miah, Masters in Tourism and Hospitality student, said: “Hard work has made our studies challenging but enjoyable. How important is education? A few years ago I asked myself l, why study when we have Google? I was an idiot, studying has opened my eyes to the power of knowledge. Education is the key to life. You are the key.”
Ioama Stoica, Masters in Tourism and Hospitality student, 40, from Romania, said she did her first masters at 21. Her daughter is in her second year of university now, though not at Sunderland.
She added: “It was challenging but more interesting than my first Masters. It was calmer and I had a different perspective this time.”
Juliana Esterea, who is studying Health and Social Care, had the loudest cheer in the room from her daughter and long term friend.
She said: “It was hard work but very rewarding. I’m going to take a break now, but may continue on to a Masters.”
The Vice Chancellor’s call for everyone to join the celebrations was echoed by University of Sunderland Chair of Governors John Mowbray.
He added: “I have only visited the campus once before, I was really impressed with the people and the place and it was quite an exciting day. Friday has been very special.”
The Academic Awards saw 228 students graduating from the London Campus, between 9am and 5pm.