The final University Campus Suffolk (UCS) graduation ceremonies of 2013 took place today, with over 1,000 graduates in total toasting their achievements during ceremonies held at Ipswich Town Hall and Corn Exchange over the past three days.
UCS Deputy Provost, Richard Lister, said of the ceremonies; “The Ipswich Town Hall has been a fantastic venue in which to celebrate the achievements of this year’s graduates.
“We would like to congratulate all of those from across the UCS Network who have received their awards this year and wish them well for the future.”
During the final day, Honorary Awards were also presented to Auschwitz survivor Frank Bright, Paralympics bronze medallist Zoe Newson, and Ipswich Town football legend Mick Mills.
Frank Bright, who was recognised for being a survivor and educator of the Holocaust, addressed the new graduates from the School of Arts and Humanities on the ‘threshold of life’, saying: “Apart from everything else, the Germans deprived me of my most formative years, all I have is two and half years of primary school.
“Treasure and continue with education and continue with a thirst for knowledge.
“Not only is knowledge power, it also enables you to be sure of your facts and nothing but the facts.
“I feel of course greatly honoured and most grateful for the award bestowed upon me by this vibrant, new, modern, progressive and local university, and I shall do my best to continue of a topic which I have some unfortunate personal experiences that qualify me to talk about the Holocaust.”
During her address to students graduating from the School of Applied Social Sciences, Zoe Newson said: “Thank you for this award, it’s an honour.
“I am glad to have of had my family, friends and coaches to be there so I could travel the world and without them I wouldn’t be here receiving this award today.”
Mick Mills concluded the final ceremony of this year’s graduation at UCS by saying; “Thank you to the university for this Honorary Doctorate award.
“I think that one of the reasons, more than anthing, that I am stood here is for a fabulous decade we enjoyed just half a mile from here down at Portman Road.”
Offering a final word of advice to the graduates, he added, “Enjoy your successes, because they are your reward, but don’t dwell on your failures.”
Others who received Honorary Awards at ceremonies this week were former monk and long-term peace and environment activist Satish Kumar; retired British diplomat Sir Roger Tomkys; Chris Bushby, executive director for the Suffolk Agricultural Association; and British broadcasting star Angela Rippon.
In total, around 2,000 students have graduated from UCS at ceremonies held at Bury St Edmunds, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Ipswich this year. UCS looks forward to celebrating the successes of thousands more students in 2014.
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