University of Bath to celebrate students’ success at summer graduations

Nearly 3,000 students will graduate from the University of Bath next week during three days of celebratory ceremonies at Bath Abbey.

The twelve ceremonies will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (4-6 July) with His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex officiating as Chancellor at a number of the ceremonies.

The University will also recognise the achievements and contributions of 13 individuals who will be awarded honorary degrees, including former Universities and Science Minister Lord Willetts and the first female Bishop The Rt Reverend Libby Lane.

The ceremonies will be preceded by a public procession of the University’s senior officers and academics, staring at the Guildhall and finishing at Bath Abbey. During the processions, nearby roads will be temporarily closed to traffic for about six minutes, which will occur at approximately 9.55am, 11.05am (return), 12.10pm, 1.20pm (return), 2.40pm, 3.50pm (return), 4.55pm and 6.05pm (return).

To allow for the graduation ceremonies to take place, Bath Abbey will only be open in the evening on Monday between 5.00pm and 7.30pm with Tower Tours running at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm; and will be closed all day Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, resuming normal opening hours on Friday.

President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell said: “The University’s summer award ceremonies are a special time when our students, their families and our staff come together and celebrate the hard work of all those graduating.

“It is a real moment of pride and a time when our students reflect on their years studying, working and volunteering in this beautiful city. Whether our talented graduates stay and pursue careers or start-up enterprises here in Bath, or take up jobs in other parts of the world, we wish them well. They are wonderful ambassadors for Bath.”

For more information on our honorary graduates, features and photos from the ceremonies, and to watch them online (48 hours after the ceremony) visit:

Photos will be shared on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram throughout the three days, so follow us @UniofBath on Twitter and Instagram #BathGrads.

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