Graduation celebrations at the Assembly Rooms

Over 850 students will receive degrees at our annual winter graduation ceremonies at the City’s historic Assembly Rooms on Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 December.

His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex will officiate as Chancellor at four of six ceremonies over the two days.

Honorary graduates

There will be seven honorary graduates this winter:

  • Jean Bartunek: Professor of Organisational Studies at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, Massachusetts, USA, and an internationally reknowned scholar (Tuesday 8 December at 10am)
  • Justin Webb: journalist, author, broadcaster and campaigner. He currently presents BBC Radio 4’s Today programme (Tuesday 8 December at 12.30pm)
  • Gilbert Passin: Vice President of Manufacturing at Tesla, one of the most innovative and fastest growing automotive companies in the world (Tuesday 8 December at 3pm)
  • Frank Duckworth MBE: statistician and co-inventor of the Duckworth-Lewis method of re-setting targets in interrupted one-day cricket matches (Wednesday 9 December at 10am)
  • Professor John Dudley: a physicist with a global reputation for the quality of his research in optics (Wednesday 9 December at 10am)
  • Maggie Philbin: radio and television presenter and founder of Teen Tech, an award winning interactive science and engineering event for teenagers (Wednesday 9 December at 12.30pm)
  • Lawrie McMenemy MBE: one of the most successful managers in English football and Chairman of the Special Olympics, the country’s largest provider of year-round sports training and competition programmes for children and adults with learning disabilities (Wednesday 9 December at 3pm)

The Mayor of Bath, Councillor Will Sandry, will attend the first ceremony to highlight our civic links. During this ceremony an official, known as a bedel, will carry the University’s ceremonial four-foot long silver mace, which will join the city mace, symbolising the links between town and gown.

A procession within the Assembly Rooms of many of the University’s senior officers and academics, led by the University Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, will take place before and after each ceremony.

"An occasion to feel proud"

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell said: “Families travel from around the UK and world to celebrate the successes of our graduating students and we look forward to sharing in their day. Our students work so hard to achieve their results and the ceremonies are an opportunity to reflect on their time at Bath and look forward to their careers to come. For all staff who have played a part in their studies or life at Bath, it’s an occasion to feel proud.”

Students will graduate from the Faculties of Engineering & Design; Science; Humanities & Social Sciences; and the School of Management.

The ceremonies will begin at 10am, 12.30pm and 3pm on both days.

Watch online

The ceremonies can be watched live online and films of each event will be available 48 hours after the ceremony:

Graduates can share photos using #BathGrads on twitter @UniofBath and on Facebook.

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