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8 things that happened this graduation

This year 20 ceremonies took place, more than 7,000 hands were shaken and 55,000 canapés were eaten during this year’s graduation. With so much going on over the past two weeks, we’ve compiled a list of 8 things that happened that caught our eye:

1. One of our lecturers graduated with a PhD in Computing after defending her thesis whilst her daughter was in intensive care from being born 10 weeks premature.

2. Love was in the air at one of our graduation ceremonies…

3. Three students from one of the world’s smallest islands graduated from the University of Portsmouth with first class degrees. 

Graduates Kyle Shoesmith, Jordan Clingham and David Clarke are from St Helena – a small volcanic island with a population of around 4,500 people in the Atlantic Ocean.

4. This student made quite an entrance as he cartwheeled across the stage during the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature graduation ceremony…

5. We looked back 40 years ago to a graduation ceremony at the University still taking place in Portsmouth Guildhall.

6. Our first ever cohort of Degree Apprentices graduated from the Business Leadership and Management programme.

We also celebrated our second cohort of Embedded Electronics Degree Apprentices with the majority gaining a first degree.

7. The son of a United Nations Secretary General graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree.

Masalule Kiutyi is the son of Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

8. Former Portsmouth FC and Republic of Ireland goalkeeper, David Forde, graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching and Development.

He played for Pompey in the 2016/17 season when the team were League 2 Champions and won promotion to League 1, where they currently play. 

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