Summer degree ceremonies take place at Bath Abbey

The University of Bath’s 2012 summer degree award ceremonies take place this week, with more than 2,300 students expected to attend at the city’s Abbey.

The ten ceremonies will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (3, 4, & 5 July), with awards made to ten honorary graduates for outstanding achievements spanning the fields of science and medicine, sport, engineering, business, the voluntary sector and policy-making.

Students from the Faculty of Engineering & Design, School of Management, Faculty of Humanities & Social Science and Faculty of Science will all be receiving their degrees.

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 3 July will be attended by the Mayor of Bath, Councillor Andrew Furse, and the Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset Council, Councillor Rob Appleyard.

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.

These roads will be closed to traffic for about six minutes during the processions, which will occur at approximately 9.55am, 11.00am (return), 12.25pm, 1.30pm (return), 2.55pm and 4.00pm (return) on all three days, and on Thursday an extra ceremony will have processions at 5.25pm and 6.30pm (return).

Bath Abbey will be closed to visitors during the day from Monday 2 July to Thursday 5 July, but will open in the evening from 5pm to 8pm (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). The Abbey shop will open as usual from 10am to 5.30pm with late night opening until 8pm (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). Tower Tours will run on the hour from 10am to 6pm on Monday, and at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm (Tuesday and Wednesday). The Abbey and Tower will be closed to visitors on Thursday but will resume normal visiting hours on Friday 6 July.

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