Graduates from the University of Cumbria will celebrate with their families and friends next week, when they will receive their degrees and awards at a ceremony in the magnificent setting of Carlisle Cathedral. At nine ceremonies spread across three days, a total of 1100 students will mark this rite of passage in the presence of their guests.
The events will be held on Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 July, giving the graduates the opportunity to enjoy their academic success along with those who supported them throughout the long years of study. Their achievements cover a wide range of subjects at undergraduate level.
This is the final set of ceremonies at which Professor Peter Strike will preside, as he retires from the university on 31 August after five years as vice chancellor. Professor Strike says: “This will be a poignant week for me – I’ve always felt that our graduation ceremonies represent the best of what we do: preparing our graduates for rewarding careers in their chosen areas and, through events such as these, acknowledging their hard work and commitment in this way. I’ve presided over more than 70 ceremonies during my time at the University of Cumbria and I will greatly miss these occasions and the opportunity they offer to send our new graduates on their way with our best wishes.”
Prior to each graduation ceremony, there will be a formal procession into the Cathedral with staff and graduates in academic robes. Celebratory receptions will take place at the Crown & Mitre Hotel immediately after each ceremony.
As always, the graduates will also be joined by a number of the university’s special guests – those who have been nominated to receive the award of ‘Honorary Fellow’. Honorary fellowships are awarded in recognition of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the university and in support of a variety of causes linked to the work of the university, and at the ceremonies next week seven honorary fellowships will be presented as follows:
On Tuesday 12 July
12.00 Mr David Rogers MBE and Mrs Pat Rogers in recognition of their outstanding services to charity as founders of ‘Every Action Has Consequences’ in honour of their son, Adam Rogers.
15.00 Jancis Robinson OBE MW MA Oxon D Univ in recognition of her lifelong and outstanding contribution to media and the wine industry.
On Wednesday 13 July
10.00 John Fryer-Spedding CBE DL in recognition of his lifelong service to the Cumbrian community and outstanding contribution to charitable work.
12.00 Mick Fowler in recognition of his lifelong and outstanding contribution to the world of rock climbing and mountaineering.
On Thursday 14 July
10.00 Professor Liz Beaty PhD FSEDA MBE in recognition of her outstanding contribution to higher education.
12.00 Ms Cate Haste in recognition of her lifelong and outstanding contribution to the arts and literature.
15.00 Eric A Martlew in recognition of his lifelong and outstanding contribution to public service to the City of Carlisle.