29th July 2003




Almost 200 art and design students from the University of Lincoln graduated this morning at Lincoln Cathedral.


The students have all completed honours degrees or Higher National Diplomas at the Lincoln School of Art & Design and received their certificates this morning from the university’s Vice Chancellor, Professor David Chiddick.


Guest of honour at the awards ceremony – the first of five to be staged at the cathedral over three days this week – was Ruth Parker, a former governor of the university.


Mrs Parker, of Blankney Estates, was presented with an Honorary Fellowship from the university.


The ceremony was also attended by the university’s Chancellor, Dame Elizabeth Esteve-Coll, and by the Rev Dr Chad Varah, founder of The Samaritans, a former curate in Lincoln and holder of an honorary doctorate from the University of Lincoln.


Around 800 guests watched as the first of this year’s graduates enjoyed their special day.


“Everyone at the university looks forward to graduation time,” said spokesman Jez Ashberry.


“It means an awful lot of hard work for all concerned but the result is a fitting occasion on which to celebrate the achievements of all our students.”


Further awards ceremonies will be held at Lincoln Cathedral this evening (7.30pm), on Wednesday (11.30am and 7.30pm) and on Thursday morning (7.30pm).


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

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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