University of Portsmouth's History Blog

Graduation 2023: A day to celebrate our students’ achievements!

Our students’ graduation day is always a special day for us tutors (and, of course, for our students and their families and friends, too!). This year it was even more special because it marked the success of our first cohort of students who started university at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite all the challenges they (and we) faced, they have succeeded and we are so proud of them all and their amazing achievements. This short blog features a few images taken on the day as we celebrated with our undergraduate and postgraduate students. Congratulations all!

While graduation is always a day of mixed emotions – it’s exciting to see our students graduate, but it’s also sad to see another cohort leave – we were incredibly proud to watch our students cross the stage this year. They’ve been through so many challenges while studying with us, so it’s great to see them celebrating their successes with their families and friends on the day. We were sorry to see them go, but were filled with pride as they crossed the stage at the ceremony at Portsmouth Guildhall, held on the morning of Thursday 20 September. Fortunately, the weather was kind to us, too.

First up, the History team get their gowns and congregate in Park Building ready to make their way to the stage. If you’re wondering why we have different coloured gowns, it’s because each university has its own colours.

Members of the History team ready to proceed to the graduation ceremony


After the ceremony we all made our way to the ‘Graduation Village’ in Ravelin Park, where we had time to talk with our students and their friends and families (while enjoying a glass of something bubbly).

The History team, students and their guests celebrate in Ravelin Park’s ‘Graduation Village’

Mick Hayes (centre) celebrates receiving his doctorate with supervisors Rob James (left) and Brad Beaven (right)


So that’s it for another year. Once again, many congratulations to you all! It’s been a pleasure working with you, and we wish you the very best for the future!

The History team

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