Published: 17 July 2013

Graduation celebrations at the University of Surrey

Thousands of Surrey students marked the end of their undergraduate studies during Graduation Week.

Featuring 11 ceremonies over four days, Graduation Week 2013 (Tuesday 16 to Friday 19 July) was a highlight of the University calendar.

Held in Guildford Cathedral, which was packed with proud families, friends and University staff, the ceremonies were presided over by the University’s Chancellor, HRH the Duke of Kent. Each graduand was personally greeted by Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, the University’s Vice-Chancellor and President.

This year, honorary degrees were awarded to:

  • Paul Sheffield, Chief Executive Office for the Kier Group PLC, for his outstanding contribution to the Civil Engineering profession.
  • Colin Stokes for his work in improving the diagnosis and treatment for men with prostate cancer.
  • Professor Adnei Melges de Andrade for being instrumental in founding the University Global Partnership Network with North Carolina State University and the University of Surrey.
  • Michael Buerk for his award-winning journalism. Amongst numerous accolades, Michael has received a Golden Nymph Award, the BAFTA News Award. He has also been named the Royal Television Society's Journalist of the Year and also Radio Broadcaster of the Year.
  • Max Taylor for his significant contribution to the University Council. He has chaired a number of University committees concerned with the operations and investments of Surrey. In 2007 Max took up the appointment of Chairman of Council.
  • Dr Richard Budgett OBE, who rowed for Great Britain at many international competitions.

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden said: “My colleagues and I congratulate all the graduating students on their great achievements and I have much pleasure and pride officiating at their graduation ceremonies. These magnificent occasions highlight the individuals' successes and offer an opportunity to welcome the students' families and friends to share in the celebrations and thank them for their support.

"All of our honorary degree recipients have made outstanding contributions in their chosen fields, and I am delighted to take this opportunity to publicly recognise such distinguished colleagues.  They are individuals whom the University is extremely proud to be associated with.”

For photos and Tweets from Graduation Week, from the @uniofsurreylive Twitter stream and our graduates' own social media feeds, check out our Undergraduate Graduation 2013 Storify.


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