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6th September 2011, 6:54pm
Graduates celebrate in style at city's cathedral
Ellie & Libbie Cunningham Hundreds of students, their friends and families and a host of specially invited guests have already taken part in the University’s graduation ceremonies this week, with more ceremonies taking place over the next two days.

Lincoln’s Cathedral, founded more than 900 years ago, has been the magnificent setting for the ceremonies which see students from across all of the University’s faculties graduate after several years of study.

Lauriane Delarue, who graduated with a BA in Business Administration and received an award for being the best student on the programme, feels particularly privileged to be experiencing a traditional English graduation in such an awe-inspiring setting. Lauriane, who is from France, said: “Coming here has been the best choice I have ever made and I have been recommending the University and the city to my friends back home - I know that some have already applied to come here.”

Rebecca Davis is particularly proud to be graduating with a BA (Hons) in Dance, having been diagnosed with epilepsy in the first year of her course. She said: “I decided that if I wanted to continue to study I needed to maintain a healthy mind and body. I know that this provided me with the drive to not let the condition dictate my lifestyle.”

Prizewinner and graduate from the BSc (Hons) Computer Science programme, Christopher Waltham, has a longer relationship with the University than most. Now 41, Christopher was employed as a labourer, working on the first University of Lincoln building to be constructed. He dreamt of becoming a graduate of the University and is now realising that dream, and is in fact going on to undertake research for University of Lincoln Distinguished Professor, Nigel Allinson.

Honorary awards have been presented to celebrated crime writer Colin Dexter OBE - author of 13 Inspector Morse novels, the BBC’s Director of London 2012 - Roger Mosey, the man once described as the ‘greatest living expert on Parliament’ - Lord Norton of Louth, and John Cridland CBE – the youngest director of the CBI who was instrumental in introducing the minimum wage in the UK.

Also being honoured this week are: TV historian Dr Jonathan Foyle; one of the world’s foremost art critics and broadcaster, Dr Richard Cork; leading disabilities campaigner, Dame Philippa Russell, DBE; cancer expert and former Cancer Research UK chief executive Professor Sir Alex Markham; world-renowned criminology expert Professor Pat Carlen.

Pictured are twins Eleanor and Liberty Cunningham who both graduated from the Faculty of Media and Humanities today.

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