Buxton Awards Ceremony: Quotes

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Date posted: 26 March 2011

A record number of students graduated from the University of Derby Buxton on Saturday March 26 with 210 students collecting a range of awards at the splendid Buxton Campus.

There will be a full round-up of the activities from the day, with pictures and videos to follow.

Here are some of the quotes from the day:

Honorary award winners

Professor Mike Wright received the Honorary Award of Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv). He attended the ceremonies with wife Maryse, and said: "I am proud and humbled to be receiving the honorary award today. I have been particularly taken with the work that has gone into making the Buxton Campus such a wonderful setting - it has enjoyed a fantastic renaissance, and the graduation atmosphere has been excellent."

Chef Sat Bains, who received the Honorary Award of Doctor of Professional Practice (HonDPr) attended with wife Amanda and parents Tarsem and Balbir. He said: "I feel blown away to have been honoured in this way. I am not from an academic background but hope this achievement shows others what is possible and gives them a boost. The Dome is an amazing setting. I wish all the graduating students well in their futures - they should keep focused and have a vision for what they want to achieve and not give up."

University of Derby Vice-Chancellor Professor John Coyne said: "It was sad that we had to postpone the event in December due to the poor weather, but delighted at today's ceremony and the number of graduates here today. At 210 graduates, it is largest graduating class at Buxton, and together with guests there are around 1,000 people celebrating under the magnificent Dome here today."

Buxton Dean Dr Peter Dewhurst said: "Graduation is the moment when everything comes together. The setting has never looked better and we are celebrating with more students graduating than ever before and with more students gaining first class honours. We wish the students well in their future careers and hope they enjoy this special day."

Assistant Dean, Sarah Rawlinson, said: "It is a fantastic occasion and wonderful to see so many students graduating today, and celebrating their wonderful achievements with staff, family and friends."


Haruna Saskia, 23, from Fukui, Japan, received a 2:1 degree in BA (Hons) Professional Culinary Arts, and an award for student achievement from the Institute of Hospitality. In the last two weeks, her homeland has been devastated by the recent earthquake and tsunami.

Haruna travelled from Japan's Kansai Airport with dad Toshiyaki Sasaki, and said: "I am delighted to be graduating today and to be here for the ceremonies.

"It took 15 hours to travel on our flight from Japan but it was worth it to be here. We live 800km from the main disaster zone in Japan. It was an awful disaster but people are just trying to pull together and help each other."

Jenna Ayriss, 21, from Cheshire, Foundation Degree in Beauty and Spa Services: "I was really excited about today's celebrations. The course has been really helpful in helping me progress my career. I am currently an advanced spa therapist at Rookery Hall, in Nantwich."

George Marchant, 24, from Somerset, BA (Hons) Outdoor Activities Management: "I enjoyed the course and the course has given me a lot of skills to help me in the future."

Daniela Berloffa, 25, from Cheshire, MA in Tourism Management: "I enjoyed the course and am now working in Munich in e-commerce - I travelled from Germany on Thursday night to get here for the ceremony."

Mathew Armett, from Brookfold, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Joint Honours Degree in Public Relations and Media Applications: "I was studying for my A-levels at Harpur Hill and my tutor at the time told me about the opportunities on offer at the Devonshire Campus once it had opened. I have enjoyed studying here and meeting the people."

Joel Pullen, 25, from Wisbech, BSc (Hons) Joint Honours degree in Physical Activity and Health and Sports Massage and Exercise Therapy: "It has been an emotional journey but glad to finally be here graduating, and enjoyed the course."

Robert Agar-Hutton, 57, from Carr Road, Buxton, but soon to be moving to Gloucestershire, Joint Honours Scheme course in Martial Arts Theory and Sports Psychology: "The course was great fun and interesting and added a lot of value. I particularly enjoyed organising a charity day in the Dome during the course."

Daley Hunt, 22, from Tamworth, joint honours course in Physical Activity and Health and Events Management: "The course was good and the joint honours aspect meant I was studying a number of different areas. I am looking to work in the events area in the future."

Zoe Hirst, 21, from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, BA (Hons) Outdoor Activities Management: "I learnt various new skills on the course on the practical and academic learning side and enjoyed the work experience. I would particularly like to work for an organisation like the National Trust."

Nam Kim, 29, originally from South Korea, now living in London, BA (Hons) Hospitality Management: "The course was great and I enjoyed it. Me and my family left London at 4am to be here for the graduation celebrations today!"

Karen Jones, 26, from Burbage in Buxton, Foundation Degree (Arts) in Children's and Young People's Services (Early Years): "The course was great and I formed lots of new friendships at University. I am looking forward to today's event and graduating."

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