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What happened at graduation

The University has been celebrating the achievements of its postgraduate population this week at the Winter Graduation ceremonies on Thursday and Friday.

Over the course of six ceremonies, 1,610 students, mainly at Masters and PhD level, will be awarded degrees and diplomas in person, presented by Chancellor Sanjeev Bhaskar at the Brighton Centre. In total, just under 3,000 students from over 100 countries will receive awards - with the ceremonies watched all around the world by proud family members and friends via the University’s live webcast.

A live band has been introduced to entertain the guests as part of a revamped layout, creating a real buzz with students and their friends and family.

Adam Tickell said: “The University of Sussex is an institution with a proud history of developing inquisitive minds. Minds from all walks of life who, through sheer determination and unbounded spirit, will use their immense talent to go out and affect real change in their communities.

"Community - it’s a powerful word. One that has a different meaning to many different people. For me, it is about shared sense of meaning, the ability to a look out into the world and decide what we can do together to change it for the better.

"This year’s graduates from the University of Sussex are the embodiment of this and I wish them every success for their futures.”

Individuals who have made a difference

The University is recognising both the academic and the extra-curricular achievements of its students, highlighting a number of case studies where individuals have made a real difference to their peers or in the community. 

Our honoraries

The University also continued with a five-decade tradition of awarding honorary degrees. These were presented on Thursday to Brighton and Hove Albion FC manager Chris Hughton and BBC broadcaster and Sussex alumnus Clive Myrie. Chris and Clive were both interviewed by the University ahead of Graduation, and the two resulting features really capture why they are so deserving of their honorary degrees. If you missed the ceremonies, take five minutes to find out more here:

Read: Chris Hughton - "I don't let myself get weighed down by self-doubt"

Read: Clive Myrie - “Although I was a northern black kid, I found a way of fitting in”

Other highlights from graduation so far

Graduation photo gallery

By: Sean Armstrong
Last updated: Friday, 25 January 2019