The second day of Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s 2019 graduation ceremonies has seen hundreds more students receiving their degrees.
During today’s proceedings, Honorary Fellowships were awarded to Professor Sharon Baurley for services to art and to Professor Charlotte Williams for services to equal opportunities in Wales.
The fellows received their awards before being presented to Wrexham Glyndwr University Vice-Chancellor Professor Maria Hinfelaar and Chancellor Colin Jackson CBE during the third and fourth ceremonies of the week.
This week’s ceremonies are the first which Mr Jackson has taken part in in his role as Chancellor – after being awarded an Honorary Fellowship himself in 2016
During the ceremonies, students from Applied Science, Built Environment, Engineering, Education, Land Based Studies and Sports gained their qualifications - with both undergraduate and postgraduate awards being bestowed during the day.
Sharon said: “I hope that the hard work you have put in yo get you where you are today will bring you something equivalent to the good fortune I have had following my own start in Higher Education here.
“The Art and Design programme I studied on here remains to this day one of the best educational experiences of my life. It is very nice to see Glyndwr has grown so much and I will watch with interest its journey going forward.”
And Charlotte added: “I’m delighted to receive this award from Wrexham Glyndwr University. My heart and my home is in North Wales and what I would say to you all is: know you value, find your voice – it’s never been more important to hear from you as it is now; your voice will help to shape the future – and above all, it’s your values which will carry you forward.”
Wrexham Glyndwr University Vice-Chancellor, Maria Hinfelaar, told the hall: “Gaining a University degree is one of the highest personal achievements: a 0test of stamina, commitment, intellectual rigour and ability, and you should be extremely proud.
“As you’ve progressed through your time here, you may have learnt valuable lessons how to cope with a bit of a headwind, and become a stronger person for it. That will stand you in good stead for the future, as you focus on the next phase of your life.
“I’ve worked in education for my entire career in various countries. Cultures and landscapes are of course different across various countries, and so are systems of education but one thing binds them together – a strong motivation to do well which is shared by the students, the academic and professional staff. I have always found it incredibly rewarding to see my graduates do well. That is why I think education is among the best sectors to work in.”