Virtual graduation celebration 2021


31st Aug 2021


News, Graduation


Sadly the ongoing coronavirus restrictions meant another year has passed without us being able to invite graduates to the Colchester Campus.

But we were pleased to have held our virtual graduation celebration for all of our 2021 graduates from around the world. We are still working on plans to invite all of our 2020 and 2021 graduates to campus for the formal graduation ceremony, but it was great to meet with so many of this year’s amazing graduates and celebrate their amazing achievement.


The virtual graduation celebration

The celebration was hosted by David Dixon, Academic Director, and featured pre-recorded videos from staff all over the University, including University Chancellor John Bercow.


Earlier in the week, we invited each graduate to a casual chat session with the rest of their academic department. Here is a short video of congratulations from staff across the University, wishing our grads the best for the future:


Our 2021 awards

All of our graduates work extremely hard, and each year we recognise the highest performing graduates with our Top Graduate awards. This year, the awards go to:

  • Top Undergraduate Business Graduate 2021 – Stefanie Jaeger
  • Top Postgraduate Business Graduate 2021 – Cleaven Portelli
  • Top Undergraduate Law Graduate 2021 – Gian Luigi Di Franco
  • Top Postgraduate Law Graduate 2021 – Howard Watson
  • Top Undergraduate Criminology Graduate 2021 – Jenny Wong Le
  • Top Postgraduate Criminology Graduate 2021 – Anke Coorens
  • Top Postgraduate Health Graduate 2021 – Nasim Farach Kiry
  • Top Postgraduate Education Graduate 2021 – Sergio Romo Patiño

Congratulations to all of our award winners. Here is a short video from them and our Deputy Academic Director, Janey Henderson.


Our 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 2021, the winner of this award is Gian Luigi Di Franco. Here is a video from our Managing Director, Nicola Pittman, and our winner Gian Luigi:

You may think Gian Luigi is a little familiar – that is because, impressively, he was also our Top Undergraduate Law Graduate 2021. A huge congratulations to Gian Luigi as the first ever recipient of two of our awards at the same graduation.


Congratulations to our graduates!

Finally, our graduates around the world came together to celebrate their achievement with a virtual hat toss!


Thank you to everyone who helped make our virtual graduation celebration a success. We look forward to welcoming all of our 2020 and 2021 graduates at our campus graduation next year.

Want to join us at a future graduation? Get a prospectus to find your course and start the journey towards graduation day!