Celebrating the Graduates of 2011

Posted on 5 May 2011

Graduates performing the ritual hat toss celebration

Scholars from across the globe are to descend upon the iconic Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay on 6 May 2011, marking the end of their studies with a graduation celebration organised by the University of Wales.

The Right Honourable Lord Justice Thomas and former HSBC boss and financier, Dyfrig John CBE, will both receive honorary degrees during the proceedings in recognition of services to their respective fields of work.

Having read law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, Lord Justice Thomas began his career as a Commonwealth Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. In subsequent years he distinguished himself as a member of the Queen’s Counsel and as Judge of the High Court of England and Wales before being made President of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary.

Taking him as far afield as India, Dyfrig John’s work with HSBC has won him many accolades in his industry, including a CBE. Since returning to Wales in 2009, he has been appointed Director of the Principality Building Society and President of the HSBC Pension Association.

The celebration will be presided over by the Most Reverend Dr Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales and Pro-Chancellor of the University of Wales. Each student will be personally greeted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Marc Clement, along with the Chair of the University’s council and other senior officers of the University of Wales.

Attending the event will be over 800 graduates and their guests, making the journey to South Wales from a vast array of countries. The multicultural congregation is testament to the University’s strong international ties. Since its inception in 1998, this vibrant event has continued to grow in size as graduates, their families and friends from across the globe gather in Cardiff in celebration.

Professor Marc Clement said:

“The University of Wales was created through the will, and the co-operative work, of ordinary Welsh people, to provide young Welsh men and women with the chance to gain a higher education close to home. The University today is proud to be maintaining this co-operative tradition of providing local educational opportunities to students, but now on a global scale, through its validation work, and it is very gratifying to see our new graduates – this year from colleges in more than a dozen countries – celebrating together here in Cardiff.”

Families and friends who are unable to attend this year’s celebration won’t have to miss out on the proceedings. Images of the event as it unfolds inside the Millennium Centre will be live-streamed onto the University’s website which you can access by clicking on the following link: http://www.wales.ac.uk/en/Study/Graduation/WatchtheCelebrationLive!.aspx

Whether graduates and their guests intend to stay in Cardiff for the day alone, or a few days afterwards, their presence will undoubtedly be a great boon to Welsh tourism and the local economy.


Notes to Editors:

For more information on The University of Wales please visit: www.wales.ac.uk
For press and media information, or to request an interview with the honorary graduates, please contact Tom Barrett, Communications Officer, University of Wales: t.barrett@wales.ac.uk


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