Graduation Ceremonies

Gold medallist awarded degree at Bath's summer ceremonies

 

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Gold medallist Katrina Hart is among more than 2,000 students who will get their degrees at the summer award ceremonies this week.

21-year-old Katrina, who has cerebral palsy, won England's first athletics gold at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in a 100m event for elite disability athletes. She went on to win another gold medal at the International Paralympic Committee World Championships in New Zealand in January 2011.

On Wednesday she will collect her degree in BSc Sport Performance at Bath’s Abbey, the first of ten ceremonies taking place in the city this week.

Katrina, who is now in training for the London 2012 Paralympic Games said she was delighted that all the hard work had paid off.

She said: "It feels great to be graduating. It's been a long three years and at times I've found it really tough studying and training but now I can fully concentrate on training. It would mean everything to me to compete in the Paralympics.

Katrina won bronze in the 100m at the 2005 European Championships aged just 15, then finished fourth over 200m and fifth over 100m at the 2006 World Championships. A seventh place finish followed in the T37 100m final at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Katrina believes it is possible to combine studying and training with determination. She said: "You need to organise yourself and set yourself goals and plan your time wisely."

During the week awards will be made to nine honorary graduates for outstanding achievements spanning the fields of arts, science and medicine, engineering, business and policy-making.

The ceremonies, presided over by the University’s Chancellor, Lord Tugendhat, will all be preceded by a public procession of some of the University’s senior officers and academics.

The first ceremony at 10am on Tuesday will also be attended by the Mayor of Bath, Bryan Chalker, and the Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset Council, Cllr Peter Edwards.

The processions will begin at the Guildhall, go into the High Street, turn right into Cheap Street, and left down Farrs Passage into the Abbey Churchyard. They will return after the ceremonies past Rebecca’s Fountain and into the High Street.

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