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Students throwing their hats at graduation

Congratulations to our students: in-person graduation returns

More than 3,500 students and their friends and families have attended the Brighton Centre in the last month as we celebrated a return to in-person graduation ceremonies. 

Graduating students posed for photos on deckchairs and a replica Brighton beach inside the venue – while others headed to the seafront for the traditional ‘mortarboard toss’ with their classmates to mark the end of their studies.

Pandemic restrictions have meant that we have had to hold graduation ceremonies online over the past two years. The return of in-person ceremonies this week marks a welcome opportunity for students to celebrate with their classmates – and for us to recognise the incredible resilience, hard work and talent they showed during an immensely challenging time. 

Those stepping up to receive their degrees range in age from 19 to 76 and include people from 105 countries, underlining the global impact of the University of Brighton’s alumni cohort which now numbers 180,000 around the world.

Graduation is always a high point of the year for everyone at the university – this year perhaps more than ever.

It is a moment to reflect on a special time that is coming to an end. But it is also an opportunity to look forward to what lies ahead. We know that all our graduation students will take the skills, knowledge and values that they have developed here at Brighton into their future careers and future lives.

Professor Debra Humphris, Vice Chancellor of the University of Brighton

From teachers and healthcare professionals to engineers and artists, University of Brighton make a positive difference to people’s lives in the local area, across the UK and around the world.

Catherine Johnson • March 1, 2022

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