18 February 2003
Winter graduation ceremonies 2003
More than 600 students, together with their friends and families, will gather at the Brighton Dome for the University of Sussex winter graduation ceremonies this week.
The degrees, diplomas and certificates will be conferred by the University's Chancellor, Lord Attenborough, at two ceremonies on Friday 21 February, beginning at 10.15 am and 3.15pm.
Among those attending the ceremonies will be:
Italian student Marco Amodio, who encountered problems during his studies that may have led some to quit
Wendy Ellis from Midhurst, who will receive her first university qualification at the age of 74
Peter Fearon, who left school at 16 with very few educational qualifications but has completed a doctorate in chemistry nearly 30 years later
Septuagenarian Ken Goodwin, from Brighton, who at the age of 72 is about to receive his second degree since retiring
Lovebirds Soren Holm, from Denmark, and Viviana Alverde-Fernandez, from Mexico, who are celebrating the successful completion of their postgraduate law degrees and looking forward to a life of marital bliss together
Mum of two Betty Ntshangase, who left her family in the tiny African state of Swaziland to study English.
Honorary degrees will be awarded to two people who have contributed greatly to our understanding of science. They are:
- Nobel prize winner Sir John Walker, whose work on cell proteins has increased scientists' understanding of respiration and photosynthesis
- Lord (Robert) May, Chief Scientific Advisor to the government from 1995-2000 and now President of the Royal Society.
Notes for editors
You are invited to send a reporter and/or photographer to the University of Sussex graduation ceremonies at the Brighton Dome on Friday 21 February, beginning at 10.15 am and 3.15pm.
Press Office contacts: Benedict Brook or Alison Field, University of Sussex,
Tel. 01273 678888, Fax 01273 877456, email B.J.Brook@sussex.ac.uk or A.Field@sussex.ac.uk.
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