- BA Journalism students enjoy day at new Derby Arena
- More than 12,000 people attend graduation ceremonies over three days
- Standing ovation for Derby graduate Paul Cummins
- Cummins recognised for ceramic poppy tribute to World War One dead
Journalism students from the Class of 2014 returned to Derby this week to attend their graduation ceremony at the new Derby Arena on Pride Park.
Most of the students brought family and friends to help them celebrate their great achievements at a packed ceremony on Thursday (January 15th). The graduates were called on to stage by Professor Huw Davies, the Dean of the old faculty of Art, Design and Technology, before being congratulated individually by Vice-Chancellor John Coyne.
“We’re so proud,” said the mother of one of the journalism graduates.
The highlight of the ceremony came when everybody in the arena, students, staff, family and guests, rose together to give a spontaneous standing ovation as Derby graduate Paul Cummins received an honorary Master of Arts degree. Paul was recognised for his amazing ceramic poppy tribute to those who died in the First World War.
An emotional Cummins thanked everyone: “Thank you, I can’t say anything else. Thank you.”
V-C John Coyne urged all graduates to go out into the world and aim high. He quoted Dr Seuss: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
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