Graduation Ceremonies

Degree celebrations at Bath Abbey

Graduates celebrate

Graduates celebrate their achievements at last year's ceremonies


Our 2015 summer award ceremonies take place on Tuesday 30 June, Wednesday 1 July and Thursday 2 July, with around 2,500 students receiving their degrees over the course of eleven ceremonies at Bath Abbey.

His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex will officiate as Chancellor at two ceremonies on Tuesday 30 June (12.30pm and 3pm.)

Eleven honorary graduates will receive degrees:

  • Professor Fiona Powrie FRS, a Bath alumna and renowned immunologist whose work has led to new ways of treating autoimmune diseases, cancer and organ transplantation (Doctor of Science, Ceremony 1).
  • Professor Martin Hyland, a distinguished mathematician whose work sheds light on the nature of computation (Doctor of Science, Ceremony 2).
  • HRH Princess Sarvath El Hassan, a pioneering force in education whose influence has transformed the opportunities available for young people within Jordan and throughout the region (Doctor of Education, Ceremony 3).
  • Dr Cary Adams, a Bath alumnus who is now Chief Executive Officer of the Union for International Cancer Control, putting cancer at the centre of discussions and debates at the UN and the Members States’ annual World Health Assemblies (Doctor of Health, Ceremony 4)
  • Lord Rees of Ludlow, regarded nationally and internationally as an outstanding scientist of our time, contributing not only to our understanding of cosmology and astrophysics but also to the wider field of science (Doctor of Laws, Ceremony 5).
  • Rob Law MBE, founder of the Bristol-based Trunki ride-on suitcase company with a turnover of more than £7 million a year and named the best small-to-medium enterprise at the 2012 National Business Awards (Doctor of Engineering, ceremony 6).
  • Dr Betty Chan Po-King, Director of the Yew Chung Education Foundation, is widely known for her promotion of international education and for her support for developing links between East and West (Doctor of Laws, Ceremony 7).
  • Professor Jonathan Bradshaw CBE, one of the UK’s leading social scientists and scholars of social policy. His is a leading voice in current debates on protecting children from poverty, and creating conditions of well-being and social inclusion for all children (Doctor of Laws, Ceremony 8).
  • Nigel Stein, Chief Executive of the GKN Group, which employs over 50,000 people in more than 30 countries with annual sales of £7.5bn (Doctor of Engineering, Ceremony 9).
  • Dr Chris Jones, a Bath alumnus who is now Vice-President & Global Head of Pharmaceutical Development, at AstraZeneca, involved in the development of numerous successful and innovative medicines (Doctor of Sciences, Ceremony 10).
  • Professor George Whitesides, the most cited living chemist in the world and one of the most creative and prolific scientists of the past century. He is particularly noted for his work in nuclear magnetic resonance, materials science, surface science, microfluidics and nanotechnology (Doctor of Science, Ceremony 11).

The procession route

The ceremonies will be preceded by a public procession of the University’s senior officers and academics.

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

These roads will be closed to traffic for about six minutes during the processions, which will occur at approximately 9.55am, 11.15am (return), 12.25pm, 1.45pm (return), 2.55pm and 4.15pm (return) on all three days, and on Wednesday and Thursday an extra ceremony will have processions at 5.25pm and 6.45pm (return).

Bath Abbey will be open for visitors on Monday 29 June, Tuesday 30 June 5pm-7.30pm, and Wednesday 1 July 7pm-8pm. It will be closed to the public on Thursday 2 July.

A cause for celebration

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, said: “Our award ceremonies are always wonderful occasions and one of the highlights of our calendar. They are an opportunity for students, their families, and academic colleagues to celebrate both the hard work and achievement of the past three or four years. We look forward to congratulating our graduates and honorary graduates on their achievements.”

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