Celebrating the academic successes of our Arden University graduates, nearly 800 graduates attended our in-person graduation ceremonies this week.
Accompanied by families, friends, and loved ones, undergraduates and postgraduates were able to collect their awards at one of the four ceremonies taking place across Wednesday and Thursday in the prestigious Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, London.
For many of our students, the graduation ceremony was a reflection of the hard work and sacrifices they’ve made over the past few years. Many of our student body combine learning with full time jobs and significant other responsibilities, making this moment of celebration all the more emotional for them.
One student, Natie, said: “I’m over the moon, I can’t believe this day is here, that I’m actually wearing these gowns and hat, and that I’ve done it at the end of three years of hard work. The whole family is here in London and we’re going to really enjoy this. I’m hoping now I can start climbing ladders and put it into place everything I’ve learned.”
Another, Nicola, said: “It’s absolutely surreal. It’s been a long journey but it’s brilliant and was worth waiting for. London is definitely my favourite city so we’ll be celebrating. We’re going to go and see a show, have something to eat, and just really take in the moment and enjoy it. I’m thinking about doing a Master’s. The wonderful thing about study is once you step onto it you can niche down into your talents."
Alumni from 2020 and 2021 were also invited to celebrate alongside this year’s graduands, following the disruption to their own ceremonies as a result of the pandemic. One of those who had to wait was MBA student Simon, who said:
“Graduating now feels absolutely brilliant, I’ve been waiting for it for quite a long time. I finished the course in January 2021 so since then it’s been on the cards to come to graduation and it’s nice to actually be here today with my family to support and watch and cheer along. Starting my MBA enabled me to take on more senior roles, apply it immediately in what I do, and use it to specialise.”
As part of the graduation celebrations, Arden University also awarded four honorary doctorates to Birmingham-based, multi-award-winning creative entrepreneur and personal branding coach, Truchio ‘Tru’ Powell, Assistant Director of Programmes for the NHS Transformation Directorate, Jane Brightman, former professional footballer, Brendon Batson OBE, and leadership specialist, transformational coach, and qualified psychologist, Victoria Stakelum.
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