Graduates from the first day of ceremonies share their celebrations:
Ruth Fitzpatrick, from Eastbourne, graduated with a BSc Psychology and was awarded the Chancellor’s Prize for best final year undergraduate. She impressed the selection committee with high marks throughout her four-year course and a strong contribution to the life and reputation of the University.
Ruth spent her third year on placement at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard University. She was invited by the British Psychological Society to present her dissertation on child abuse at their annual conference.
Alongside her studies, she has volunteered at a local church in Bath, running youth groups and mentoring 14 to 18 year olds.
Speaking after the ceremony, Ruth said: “I’m really surprised to win the award. I wasn’t expecting it at all but I’m very happy.
“I’ve loved my time at Bath and I’ll be sad to say goodbye to everyone. It’s been an amazing time and my placement was awesome.”
Helen Zuppinger from Manchester graduated with a BSc Economics & International Development. Helen, who has a graduate job with GlaxoSmithKline, said: “The ceremony was really good. Bath has been fantastic and I’ve had a great time.”
Nicola Redstone who lives near Hastings graduated with a BSc Economics and the Sandford Prize for final year academic achievement. She said “It’s been a very nice day: perfect weather and very proud parents! I’m going to miss Bath and the Uni – I’ve loved it.” Nicola has a graduate job with Deloitte.
Anastasia Panus from Maldova graduated with a BSc Economics. She said “Today feels really special. My mum has travelled to see me graduate. It’s really exciting. I’ve had an amazing time at Bath and now something new is waiting.”
Muriel Meutcheye from Cameroon graduated with a BSc Economics & Politics. Her family joined her from Brighton to enjoy her graduation. She said “Today’s been very good. I’ve very much enjoyed my time at Bath and I’m sad to be leaving.”
Louise Acker from London graduated with a BSc Psychology and received the Helen Haste essay prize. She said: “I didn’t know I’d won the prize until today so I was really shocked. It’s nice to see everyone again and I feel really proud.” Louise will be doing outreach work for the National Autistic Society.
Vassilena Buhova from Bulgaria graduated with a BSc Economics. She said “It’s been a very nice day and really well organised. My aunt, grandmother and cousin have come over from Bulgaria and it’s really special to have them here.”
Wallace Leung from Hong Kong, graduated with a BSc Economics and will start a graduate job at Ernst & Young. He said: “It’s great to see all my friends and celebrate what we’ve been doing for the past few years. It’s been great but hard work. I’m ready to move on to the next chapter and I’m excited about going to London to start my career.”
Shakil Sidat, from Leicester, graduated with BSc Economics & International Development. He said “I’m glad all the hard work’s over. It’s been really good.” Shakil is taking up a job with the international NGO Muslim Hands.
Ratul Sood graduated with a BSc Economics watched by his mother and sister who had travelled from India for the occasion. Mrs Sood said: “I’m very proud and happy. We loved the ceremony. Bath is so beautiful, especially with all the flowers in full bloom.” Ratul will be working in trading and plans to return to university to study for a masters.