Thousands of students welcomed back to Derby to graduate

27 October 2021

7,000 students are set to graduate from the University of Derby in the coming weeks - its first in-person graduation ceremonies to be held since the pandemic started.

The graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020 and 2021 will take place across 19 ceremonies between Wednesday 10 November and Thursday 18 November at Derby Arena.

As well as students celebrating their successes, each year, notable people with a strong connection to the University or to the city, are chosen to receive an honorary degree at these annual awards ceremonies.

This year’s recipients are:

Professor Kathryn Mitchell DL, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: "We are delighted to be hosting our first in-person graduation ceremonies since before the first government restrictions were implemented in March 2020.

“Graduation is a time to celebrate the hard work, commitment and successes of our students and we are so proud of everyone who is going to be graduating, particularly given the challenges they have faced while studying throughout the pandemic. We cannot wait to welcome them back and wish them all the very best in their future endeavours.

“We will also be celebrating the achievements of our new honorands and recognising the positive impact they and their work has had on the region and beyond. Our honorands provide inspiration for the thousands of our graduating students who are about to embark on their careers or further academic study. Congratulations to all.”

To mark the beginning of the award ceremonies, a special service will take place at Derby Cathedral on Monday 8 November at 6pm. The service will include participation from students and staff of the University of Derby, with representation from various faith traditions. 

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