29th June 1999



History will be made next week when the first cohort of undergraduates ever to study in the city receive their University of Lincolnshire & Humberside degrees.


Lincoln Cathedral will provide a suitably impressive setting for the city’s first full awards ceremony on Thursday 8th July, where around 300 students who first arrived at the Lincoln campus in 1996 will graduate after three years of study.


Two guests of honour will also be receiving awards from the university next Thursday: the county-based psychotherapist and psychoanalyst Ruth Ward and the American business guru Dr Russell Ackoff will both be awarded an honorary doctorate of science.


The other award winners are students who have successfully completed degree and postgraduate courses in subjects ranging from criminology and psychotherapy to marketing and health studies.


The graduation ceremony is proving to be a mammoth logistical exercise for the organisers, who are providing refreshments for the students and their guests at the Brayford Pool campus before transporting them by bus up the hill for the ceremony at the cathedral.


“It’s going to mean an awful lot of hard work for everyone involved, but we’re determined to give our successful students - not to mention the people of Lincoln - a day to remember,” said university spokesman Jez Ashberry.


The ceremony will begin at 2pm.


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Please note that a portfolio of student success stories relevant to the awards ceremony is currently being collated by the press office and will be made available at the beginning of next week (Monday 5th July). Please let me know if you require a copy.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager,

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)