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Summer graduations 2023


Graduates celebrating in their robes

Broadcaster and author Anita Rani will preside over her first graduation ceremony in her role as Chancellor of the University of Bradford today, as some 2,250 students prepare to graduate over the coming days.

During the ceremonies, from July 18 to 20, the university will also welcome seven new honorary graduates, two Outstanding Contribution Award recipients and welcome back one honorary graduate who received her award virtually in 2020/21.

Anita Rani said: “Reflecting on my own career, getting a degree changed my life. It opened doors for me, it broadened my horizons, it grew me as a human being. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my degree and my university experience. It will do the same for this year’s graduates. We’re so proud of all of them.”

Graduates celebrating in their robes

Vice-Chancellor Professor Shirley Congdon, who will also preside over some of the nine ceremonies, said: “Gaining a degree is not just about learning new skills, it’s also a testament to people’s ability to learn and adapt.

“For me, graduation offers a moment to consider the path of our lives, what we have learned along the way, and what the future holds. Our students can hold their heads up high and be proud of their achievements.”

This year’s honorary graduates include: Professor Ernesto Zedillo, Steve Killelea, Richard Shaw, Syima Aslam, Jabbar Sardar, Dr Mahendra Patel, Professor Shahina Pardhan, Alan Banks and Professor Akaneren Essien.