UWE students celebrate graduation success

Issue date: 10 November 2009

Awards Ceremony at Bristol Cathedral The University of the West of England will celebrate the achievements of over 5000 students who will graduate at Awards Ceremonies over the next three weeks.

The first Awards Ceremonies will begin today (10 November 2009) at Gloucester Cathedral for students graduating from Hartpury College and will continue at Bristol Cathedral, the ceremonial home for the past 17 years, until Friday 27 November.

Students will be graduating with a range of awards from Bachelors to Doctorate level across all schools: Bristol Business School, School of the Built and Natural Environment, Bristol Institute of Technology, School of Life Sciences, School of Health and Social Care, Hartpury College, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, School of Education, School of Creative Arts and Bristol Law School.

Victoria Pratt, UWE's Events Manager is organising the Awards Ceremonies, she said, “Graduation is the real highlight of the University calendar. It's an extremely busy time of year with 34 ceremonies in total, and up to three ceremonies taking place per day. We're expecting around 10,000 guests and have ordered 45,000 cakes in total for the celebrations that will take place in the marquee after each ceremony.

“There's a wonderful atmosphere in the Cathedral during the Awards Ceremonies and it's great to be part of such a memorable event. It's a really proud moment for the University to congratulate students and their guests on everything they have achieved.”

One student, who has an extra reason to celebrate, is Rachel Edwards, who gave birth to twin daughters halfway through her studies.

She will graduate at Bristol Cathedral on Wednesday 25 November, having juggled the demands of motherhood and her studies to complete her MA in Translation with distinction.

Rachel explains, “I chose to study the MA in Translation at UWE because it's a flexible, vocational course geared towards translation in practice. As a distance learning course, I was able to study from home, which made it invaluable when I decided to start a family.

“I had already completed the first part of my studies in 2007 when my daughters were born. After a break of a year, I decided to finish my dissertation. It was really tough finding time to study whilst caring for my children; at times I had both daughters on my knee as I typed away at my computer.

“It has all been worth it though; I really enjoyed the course and was thrilled to get a distinction.”

Rachel will be joined by her husband, young daughters and parents at her Awards Ceremony and hopes to begin a career as a freelance translator in the near future.

For a full list of Award Ceremonies see: Award Ceremonies

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