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Graduation 2019: A day of memories

Graduation is a always special day for tutors and, of course, students and their families and friends. In this blog the History team at Portsmouth share a few pictures from the day and reflect on the successes of their undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Waiting to proceed to the Guildhall stage

Today we watched our undergraduate and postgraduate students walk across the stage at Portsmouth Guildhall to be congratulated by the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the university, Paul Hayes, and the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Matthew Weait. While it was a fun day, graduation is always a day of mixed emotions. It is exciting, of course, to see our students graduate, but it is also sad to see another year group leave after working closely with them over the years. Nevertheless, while we are sorry to see them go, time moves on, and we are filled with pride as we share part of their special day with them.

Champagne reception in Ravelin Park

After the ceremony we headed over to Ravelin Park to chat with students and their guests over a glass of champagne. It’s a final chance to congratulate them on their achievements – and remind their families how clever they are! Oh, and there’s always time for more photos. Unfortunately, the rather inclement weather (okay, it poured down!) prevented the usual large group photo with the throwing of the hats, but we did manage to take one photo with a few brave souls while the rain lightened up!

Celebrating with a glass of bubbly!

So, that’s it. The end of another year. Congratulations Class of 2019! It’s been a pleasure. We wish you all the very best in your future endeavours. And do keep in touch!

The History team

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