Graduation 2016

The photos have been taken, the bubbly drunk and memories created that will last forever. Our alumni community is another 2,500 members stronger as we celebrated Graduation in our 50th year. Led by the Chancellor, Pro-Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor, staff accross Brunel came together to congratulate our graduates on their success.

The event was lent an even more impressive atmosphere this year with the opening fanfare performed by London Fanfare Trumpets, a group of musicians drawn from fom both military and professional backgrounds. Dressed in full regalia and displaying flags with the Brunel crest, they provided a memorable way to open and close the ceremonies.

Honorary degrees and fellowships were awarded to an array of notables, including The Rt. Hon. Lord Baker of Dorking, and former Director of the Arts Centre, Jay Wilkinson. The ceremonies also saw numerous prizes awarded, and a special award for Arthur Toomer, our oldest ever undergraduate, who received a standing ovation on collecting his Vice-Chancellor’s Student Award. Students and their families were also able to mingle with their lecturers and friends at the numerous well-attended departmental after parties. It also saw our first female mace bearer, Karen Auld, who joined the small but select team which carries out this pretigious duty.

As usual Graduates celebrated their day through social media, with hundreds of pictures and messages captured and displayed on social media walls around campus and on the main stage. For the first time this year, our Graduates could also mark their celebrations in a new way, with a custom Snapchat filter commemorating graduation and our 50th anniversary. The filter was designed by graduating student Jonathan Knight, and sponsored by the 50th anniversary team.

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