Here’s a video montage of some of the week’s highlights which has captured our #classof2020.
Nisha Katona, Chancellor of LJMU, oversaw her first graduation ceremony since her installation. In her speech, she reflected on the importance of her own graduation, from LJMU, with a ‘sense of occasion’ she still remembers to this day.
Nisha also had high praise for the graduating class of 2020:
“Graduation is a special occasion because you have demonstrated the commitment, academic ability, creative thought and presence of mind needed to become a graduate of LJMU, so my own personal congratulations go to all of you – this is a great achievement.”
LJMU has two more weeks' worth of ceremonies planned this summer between 4-15 July in which a further 12,000 students will graduate from the class of 2021 and 2022 cohorts.
Mark Power, Vice Chancellor of LJMU, acknowledged the exceptional circumstances in which the students have completed their degrees:
“My personal congratulations go to our graduands for finally achieving your graduation...you have demonstrated remarkable tenacity in completing your studies in the face of great challenge and we salute you for your resilience and focus.”
He reminded the graduates and their guests about the origins of the university and how those same founding principles can be carried into their professional and personal futures:
“Remembering our roots and the motto of the mechanic’s institute: we are born not for ourselves alone, but for the whole world. Every one of you has a chance to make a difference, in your professional work and the way that you live your life. I want to encourage you to follow a path that makes you happy and to follow that with integrity and purpose.”
JMSU officers praised the graduating students for their dedication and acknowledged during the ceremonies the impact of the pandemic on each and every graduate:
“You might not realise it, but your success is an inspiration to those that are even just thinking about coming to university. Every one of you has lived through something exceptional and has an incredible story to tell about resilience and determination, friendship and hardship.
“You can all take a deep breath now; your hard work has paid off and you are finally able to enjoy the recognition you deserve.”
LJMU will be sharing all the images and videos from the ceremonies on LJMU Connect, our alumni network where past students can stay connected with fellow graduates and keep up to date with other alumni opportunities. Graduates using the platform also receive careers advice for life.
For students who are graduating in July, further information can be found at: www.ljmu.ac.uk/graduation