It’s difficult to put into words the mood around campus at the University during Graduation. Our graduates, their friends and family and the University’s current students and staff all come together to celebrate this most special of occasions in an atmosphere of excitement, joy and friendship.
John Bercow, speaker of the House of Commons and local MP for Buckingham has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by the University at the fourth of five Graduation Ceremonies to be held by the University. John has always been a keen supporter of the University.
Honorary degrees were also awarded to Dr Anthony Seldon, an authority on contemporary British history and headmaster of Wellington College; Sir Ivan Lawrence, one of Britain’s leading criminal lawyers; Professor Stephen O’Rahilly, Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Medicine at the University of Cambridge and Honorary Consultant Physician at Addenbrooke’s Hospital; and Professor Romilda Rizzo, Professor of Public Finance at the University of Catania.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Terence Kealey said “We do well in the NSS because you the students vote us there and we thank you for that but let me also say that if there was a national Lecturers Survey of satisfaction we would also come top because you the students are so delightful, courteous and serious. You are a pleasure and a privilege to teach.”
Lord Tanlaw who announced he is stepping down as Chancellor at Graduation said “This is the most rewarding association I have had in my life and I have done many things.”
We hope that our graduates will look back with fond memories of their time at Buckingham and that they will stay in touch and share their future successes with us.