More than 4,500 students to take the next step

Published: 4 October 2018 at 15:30

Students in their graduation gowns

Anglia Ruskin University is preparing to celebrate with its new graduates

Anglia Ruskin University students will be joined by six special guests at graduation ceremonies in Cambridge and Chelmsford this month.

Anglia Ruskin’s annual graduation ceremonies, including one that took place at Peterborough Cathedral this week, will eventually bestow certificates on more than 4,500 students who will also be inspired by honorary degree recipients who are being recognised for their contribution in their respective fields.

The six guests are; headteacher Vic Goddard, who featured in the 2011 Channel 4 documentary Educating Essex; pioneering biomedical scientist Neil Bentley OBE; novelist and broadcaster Professor Rebecca Stott; Norah Al-Ani, Director of Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre; Professor Michael Thorne, musician and former Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin; and George Pippas, former Mayor of Cambridge.

There will also be around 12,653 guests attending the 25 ceremonies, and organisers are expecting about 2,800 bottles of fizz to be drunk as graduates toast their success.

Professor Iain Martin, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, said: 

“This is a wonderful time of year as we celebrate our students crossing the stage and officially taking the next step in their lives. 

“It is particularly pleasing to be able to bring these ceremonies into the heart of our vibrant cities of Peterborough, Chelmsford and Cambridge, sharing our joy with the population as a whole, and it is always great to see so many happy and proud faces.”