As soon as I stepped into the Royal Festival Hall, I could feel the atmosphere of love, warmth and relief, from the students and their proud family and friends who came to support them on an eventful day.
The Southbank Centre, which is usually a quiet place to unwind and a home to musical and artistic events across the year, was transformed into a buzzing place of activities going on, from people getting their gowns and hats fitted, taking photos with family and friends that will last a lifetime and the alumni team encouraging students to join the network of graduates.
The ceremony began with music from the orchestra, which welcomed on our academic procession to take the stage. Professor Malcolm Kirkup started the ceremony with an inspiring speech to the new graduates, where he spoke about the students achievements from the year – such as Lauren and Nadia who set up their own art cafe Spilt Milk and Pascal Sabatnig, president of the Entrepreneurial Society who completely rebranded it’s image.
The room was now buzzing with anticipation as the students were going to be called on stage one by one. Nervous energy filled the air as students worried about falling over on stage or making sure they perfected their poses. The stage was flooded with smiles, victory stances, selfies with the chancellor and even a few dabs as students went up to collect their awards – not a single trip in sight!
We also had an exclusive Snapchat filter for the special day which students were thrilled to use! Make sure you’re following us over on our Snapchat at ‘uw.wbs’.
After all of the awards were handed out, the ceremony closed with speeches from the chancellor and a sign off from your Students Union reps Salsa and Tasawar.
The Westminster Business School also celebrated it’s PhD academics and awarded Dame Heather Rabbatts with an Honorary Doctor of Letters, whose stellar career covers law, politics, media and sport. Congratulations!
After receiving their certificates, the new graduates celebrated their success with the drinks and food reception with their family and friends. A well-deserved way to end the 3/4 years spent here.
I spoke to fellow students who I had studied with for the past two years and got a few words of reflection on their time here.
Well done to everyone who made it this far and I wish you all success for what the future holds. Make sure to stay in touch with the alumni and receive all the perks of being a Westminster Business School graduate!
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