Staff and students from Modern Languages & Cultures came together this week to celebrate the definitive end of another academic year with the graduation ceremony for the class of 2016. Held on a hot afternoon in the Philharmonic Hall, the University formally conferred degrees on those who had completed their studies in the department. In front of their families, friends, and with the academic staff sat on the stage, students from all the subject areas within the department received their degrees from the Vice Chancellor, Professor Janet Beer.
In addition to the scores of students who received their Bachelor of Arts degrees, this ceremony saw Ian Gwinn obtain his PhD in German, and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, Professor Gavin Brown, formally presented Ana Bela Almeida with her Faculty Learning & Teaching Prize. During the ceremony, Professor Mary Beard was awarded an honorary degree in recognition of her contribution to the study and teaching of Classics.
In the slightly fresher climate of the marquee on Abercromby Square, Professor Claire Taylor awarded the department’s best students prizes for their outstanding performances in various aspects of their studies. Although graduation is a time for celebration, it is a bittersweet experience for staff and students alike. Graduates now scatter across the globe, not only going in separate directions to their friends, but leaving their tutors behind in the lecture theatres and seminar rooms. Nevertheless, the department is proud of its students and their achievements.