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14th January 2014, 3:01pm
Looking to a bright future at Lincoln graduation ceremonies
Graduation at Lincoln Cathedral Lincoln Cathedral will provide a historic setting for more than 500 students to celebrate their graduation from the University of Lincoln later this month.

The University will host two graduation ceremonies on Wednesday 22nd January, when the latest cohort of graduates will join a community of more than 75,000 Lincoln alumni.

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, said: “Graduation represents a celebration for everyone here at the University, as we congratulate our students on their many achievements, and thank their lecturers, relatives and friends who have supported them throughout their studies. We are extremely fortunate to be able to enjoy these celebrations in a setting as magnificent as Lincoln Cathedral.

“As we reflect on the successes of our students and staff, graduation also offers us an opportunity to contemplate the exciting times which lay ahead for our graduates.”

Among those graduating will be Ian Smith from Lincoln. When a broken ankle ended his professional rugby career at the age of 18, Ian was advised that higher education might not be for him. Yet on 22nd January he will graduate from the University of Lincoln with an MA in Globalising Justice, having been personally thanked by Government minister Chris Grayling, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, for his extensive work into the rehabilitation of offenders.

Ian has been designing pioneering new training courses to be offered in prisons, youth offender institutions and secure mental health institutions since studying as an undergraduate at the University of Lincoln, and his work has helped to improve offender rehabilitation across the UK. Now, as Head of Offender Rehabilitation at Gelder Group, Ian’s programmes are being rolled out across a number of institutions.

Ian said: “When I came to Lincoln, I was a person with a vision and career goal, which the University wanted to help and support me with. My time here has provided me with both quality education provision and great connections to the wider employer community for life after graduation. I wouldn’t be where I am now without the University of Lincoln.”

Joining Ian will be 73 year old Diane E Hall, who will collect her MA in Fine Art. After attending the Lincoln School of Art more than half a century ago, Diane returned to the city to complete her postgraduate degree, proving it is never too late to learn. She cites the institution’s historic location as one of her primary inspirations.

Diane said: “I decided to continue my studies at the University of Lincoln because I was inspired by the layers of history in the city, and by the idea of creating contemporary art in such a setting. It is the rich tapestry of the Fine Art course that remains with me, and I feel privileged to have been part of it.”

The University of Lincoln graduation ceremonies will take place at Lincoln Cathedral, at 10:30am and 2:30pm on Wednesday 22nd January 2014. The Chamber Choir of Lincoln Minster School will perform for guests at the ceremonies, and qualifications awarded will range from first degrees to doctorates, spanning a variety subjects from Conservation to Computer Science.

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