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11th September 2009, 9:25am
Exciting times for class of 2009
Graduate, Andy Llewelyn-Brinsley The final and most important moment in the university careers of almost 3,000 Lincoln students arrived this week.

The class of 2009 stepped out of Lincoln Cathedral as graduates of the University of Lincoln at a series of nine graduation ceremonies.

Professor David Chiddick, Vice Chancellor of the University, presided over graduations for the final time. He retires later this year after nine years in the role.

Addressing this year’s graduates, he said the competition for university places this summer had raised inevitable questions about the value of a university degree.

“At Lincoln we believe that a university education and experience is about acquiring the social and intellectual skills to cope with an ever changing world,” he said. “We need future members of a civilised world who can challenge conventional wisdom and work for a more sustainable world and inclusive society. The student experience at Lincoln has equipped you very well to play this role.”

Graduates were blessed with beaming sunshine throughout the four days of graduations as they congregated in the grounds of Lincoln Cathedral, Castle Square and Lincoln Castle to celebrate each others’ achievements.

Mature student Andy Llewelyn-Brinsley, who graduated in Contemporary Lens Media, said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed it - it was a fantastic day. It really was the icing on the cake.”

Liman Hasa (21), a Law and Business graduate, said: “It was a really good ceremony – recognition of three years of hard work.”

Another mature student, Mandy Haywood, had her whole family at her side as she celebrated achieving a 2:1 in Law.

Mandy, who has four young children, said: “Studying full-time was challenging, but I have done it now. I thought this day would never come!”

Jermaine Yip, who achieved a degree in Animation, said: “It was very memorable - it’s not every day that you get to graduate in a fantastic cathedral and be part of what is one of the most important moments in a young adult’s life.”

Amy Coles-Johnson, who graduated in Graphic Design, said: “The ceremony was great but it was nerve-wracking going up onto the stage. It was emotional, seeing everyone together again, but also really nice and it’s exciting times for all of us.”

Honorary degrees were presented to an array of eminent individuals, including scientist Lord Robert Winston, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger and food policy expert Professor Timothy Lang.

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