We were saddened when the ongoing coronavirus situation meant we had to postpone this year’s graduation ceremony at the University of Essex Colchester campus. Graduation is an event that our staff look forward to all year, and that our graduates deserve after their long years of study.
We are currently working on plans to rearrange this year’s graduation for early next year, but in the meantime, we wanted to put together an event to celebrate the achievements of our graduates a little closer to them finishing their studies. Last Thursday, we held our first ever virtual graduation celebration.
The virtual graduation celebration
Held over Zoom and open to all of our 2020 graduates, the celebration featured a live welcome from our Academic Director David Dixon, as well as videos from the University Chancellor John Bercow and Vice-Chancellor Anthony Forster.
Graduates had the opportunity to chat amongst themselves in subject-focused breakout rooms, as well as smaller chat sessions with the Student Advisers that had been supporting them throughout the duration of their studies.
Our 2020 awards
It also included the announcement of our 2020 award winners. Congratulations to:
- Top Undergraduate Business Graduate 2020 – Faye Stow
- Top Undergraduate Criminology Graduate 2020 – Barbara Kershaw
- Top Undergraduate Law Graduate 2020 – Sofie Grundin
- Top Postgraduate Business Graduate 2020 – Steve Vella
- Top Postgraduate Criminology Graduate 2020 – Cliff Aguiar
- Top Postgraduate Law Graduate 2020 – Petros Shayanowako
- Top Postgraduate Health Graduate 2020 – Mafaten Chaouali
We hope to share some interviews with our award winners in the coming weeks.
Alan Jenkins Memorial Award winner
Every year, we present the Alan Jenkins Memorial Award to the student that we feel has the most inspirational study experience story. In 2020, the winner of this award is Michelle Burrows-Adderley. Here is a video from our Managing Director, Nicola Pittman, and our winner Michelle:
Congratulations to our graduates!
Thanks to everyone who helped make our virtual graduation celebration a success. We look forward to welcoming all of our 2020 graduates at our campus graduation next year.
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