Week of Celebrations for Class of 2022

View of a graduation ceremony inside Worcester Cathedral
Graduation ceremonies are held in the magnificent Worcester Cathedral

The annual graduations will see 12 ceremonies taking place in the beautiful and historic Worcester Cathedral from Tuesday to Friday.

University of Worcester Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor David Green CBE DL, said: “We are delighted to be able to welcome back our graduates of 2022 to celebrate their many achievements.

“Many of these graduates began their studies shortly before the Covid-19 pandemic hit and caused such significant disruption and worse. All our graduates have shown remarkable resilience and determination to complete their studies. We are very proud of their hard work in earning their degrees and, in many cases, professional qualifications.”

During the week, the University will also confer a number of Fellowships, bestowed upon people of distinction or those who have rendered significant service to the University, as well as award Honorary Doctorates to distinguished individuals in recognition of their achievements in a field or activity connected with the mission of the University.

Among those receiving University Fellowships are local flooding expert, David Throup, health chief, Sarah Dugan, and eminent vascular surgeon, Professor Richard Downing.

Also receiving Fellowships are the founding Director of the University’s Association for Dementia Studies, Professor Emeritus Dawn Brooker MBE; CEO of the Westcountry Schools Trust, Rob Haring; CEO of the Windsor Academy Trust, Dawn Haywood; former University Governor, David Iddon; education expert, Smita Jamdar; former Canon Theologian of Worcester Cathedral, The Revd Canon Dr Alvyn Pettersen; and Executive Head of the Royal Grammar School, John Pitt.

Those receiving Honorary Doctorates are former Cabinet Minister, the Rt Hon Justine Greening, Chair of the National Trust, René Olivieri, England and Wales Cricket Board’s Disability Manager, Ian Martin, and former Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Sarah Greer.

Former Chair of Governors, John Bateman OBE, will receive both an Honorary Doctorate and a University Fellowship.

Graduates will be joined by their families and friends for a special service in the Cathedral before enjoying a reception at the University’s City Campus.