Derby Extends Global Welcome At Graduation

19 January 2012

International student graduates

People from over 100 countries in the European Union and further afield are students and graduates of the University of Derby.

Around 2,000 students will graduate over the two days of Awards Ceremonies so the number of people can be overpowering, especially if you come from a different culture.

Tee Holden of the University's International Student Centre.

Former students and their proud families from across the world will be offered a warm welcome during the University's two days of Awards Ceremonies.

In a bid to put people from many different countries more at ease - some of whom may be visiting the UK for the first time - a special area has been set aside for them in the recently refurbished Kirtley Building, at the University's main Kedleston Road site in Derby.

Food and light refreshments will be served, and screens will show films of past Derby graduation ceremonies. The facility for international and European Union 2012 graduates is being tried for the first time.

Tee Holden, Operations Student Support Manager in the University's International Student Centre, said: "Around 2,000 students will graduate over the two days of Awards Ceremonies so the number of people can be overpowering, especially if you come from a different culture and may be in the UK for the first time.

"We wanted to provide a separate quieter area which was less daunting. Here, perhaps parents could have a drink and find time to talk to other visiting families while their son or daughter goes off to put on their degree gown; although it will be entirely up to them when and if they use the facility."

Joy Lewis, International Student Centre Manager, added: "We'll have staff in International Student Centre tops and sashes dotted around the Kedleston Road site over the two days to direct and help our international visitors."

Around 1,700 students from over 100 countries in the European Union and further afield currently study at the University of Derby.

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