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Press Release - 09 December 2004

City of Bath hosts University winter graduation ceremony

Bath’s winter streets will be alive with gowned graduates again this month, as the annual winter award ceremonies take place in the Assembly Rooms on 13 and 14 December.

The two-day event is smaller in scale than the summer ceremony, but brings colourful pageantry to the University city as around 550 postgraduate and research students receive their degrees in one of five ceremonies over the two days.

The first ceremony will emphasise the University’s civic links by the attendance of the Mayor of Bath, Councillor Roger Symonds and the Mayoress, Miss Nic Rattle, an alumnus of the University. During this ceremony an official, known as a beadle, will carry the University’s ceremonial four-foot long silver mace, which will join the city mace at the heart of the ceremony, symbolising the links between town and gown.

Each ceremony will include a procession which consists of around 40 academics and senior University administrators, led by the Chancellor of the University, Lord Tugendhat, and by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell.

There will be four honorary graduates this year, including Michael Eavis, the organiser of the Glastonbury Festival. Mr Eavis will be awarded a Doctor of Arts degree for his services to the arts on Monday at 5pm.

Mr Eavis has organised the Glastonbury Festival - the largest rock festival in Europe – since 1970. The festival attracts around 100,000 people and some of its income is given to charities, including Oxfam, Greenpeace and WaterAid.