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Abertay Summer Graduation Ceremony celebrates student success

11 July 2013

The achievements of around 900 students were celebrated in the Caird Hall today (Thursday, July 11), as the University of Abertay Dundee’s Summer Graduation Ceremonies took place.

The biggest event in the University calendar, this year’s Summer Graduation featured record numbers of students and guests. As well as the students, more than 3000 of their families and friends gathered from around the world for the celebrations.

Degrees were conferred by Abertay's Chancellor – Lord Cullen – in subjects as diverse as computer games technology, sports science, law, and sociology.

The Ceremonies included the award of Honorary Degrees to former Governor of the Bank of England, Sir Mervyn King; former rugby international, Andy Nicol; and Chief Executive and Director of the James Hutton Institute, Professor Iain Gordon.

Congratulating the new graduates on their success, Professor Nigel Seaton – Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Abertay University – said:

“You, our new graduates, are our focus today, and it is your achievements and your prospects that we are all here to celebrate.

“My colleagues and I are very proud of you – we challenged and stretched you intellectually, because we believed in your ability to learn and grow.

“You have developed your intellectual capacity to make significant contributions to society, to find creative solutions to real-world problems, and to work effectively with others from other backgrounds and with other skills.

“Through your academic, social and sporting achievements, you have contributed enormously to the evolution of Abertay’s distinctive community spirit, helping to make it such an important part of the wider communities of Dundee, Scotland and the UK.

“We hope we have helped you develop curiosity and ambition in your thought-processes, determination and creativity in your approach to work, and confidence and flexibility in your collaborations with others.

“Armed with these, there is really nothing to stop you now: the world is at your feet, with opportunities at every turn – we will follow your progress with interest and great pride.

“Warmest congratulations to all of you, our graduates. I wish you all every success and good fortune for the future.”

Speaking about receiving his Honorary Degree, Sir Mervyn King said:

"I am delighted to have been honoured in this way by Abertay University, and I have greatly enjoyed today's ceremony. It is encouraging and gratifying to see so many young people celebrating their academic achievements and looking ahead to new challenges."


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Notes to Editors:

Honorary Graduate biographies:

Sir Mervyn King

Sir Mervyn King retired from the post of Governor of the Bank of England on 30 June 2013, having served for 10 years. It was announced in the 2013 Birthday Honours that he is to be appointed to a life peerage in recognition of his contributions to public service.

He took over as Governor in 2003, and has since become one of the most influential and important figures in the UK’s political, fiscal and economic spheres.

Andy Nicol

In a decade-long career, rugby international Andy Nicol became the first British player to lift the Heineken Cup as captain of Bath, and also captained the Scotland team from scrum-half on the famous occasion in 2000 when Scotland defeated England 19-13 at a rain-soaked Murrayfield to deny them the Grand Slam. He won 23 caps for Scotland, including seven as captain.

Professor Iain Gordon

Professor Iain Gordon is one of Scotland’s leading scientists and science managers. Throughout his career, which spans research, research management and provision of policy advice, he has played an active role in promoting the value of biodiversity and its importance in the provision of ecosystem services and human wellbeing.

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