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Internal News - 04 July 2006

Summer awards ceremonies - vox pop

The summer graduation ceremonies began today at Bath Abbey. They run from 4-6 July.

Oke Ogali, from Nigeria, graduated today with an MEng in Mechanical Engineering. He said: "This is a very special day for me. All the pomp and ceremony makes it a real occasion, made all the more special because I worship in the Abbey. I enjoyed my time in Bath so much that I hope to find work in the area."

Katherine Nelson received her MEng in Biochemical Engineering today. She said: "My parents and I really enjoyed this morning’s service; it was informal, with interesting speeches in an impressive venue. In August I’ll be taking up a graduate role in engineering design in Milton Keynes."

"Sitting in the Abbey today gave me a real sense of history," said Eysa Zuikifli, who graduated with an MEng in Mechanical Engineering. "It’s very atmospheric – a great way to end my stay at Bath – it’s time for a job and the real world now!" Originally from Malaysia, Eysa hopes to work in Europe.

Emma Simpson graduated with an MEng in Aerospace Engineering. She said: "Bath’s been brilliant, it’s really friendly and just the right size. Although I’m about to travel to Australiasia, I’ll be back to start my job at an aerospace consultancy in Bristol in September. Today’s been really good, the speeches were interesting and entertaining and I love seeing all my friends in their regalia!"

Hooi Ling Tan received her BEng in Mechanical Engineering. "The ceremony was great," she said. "The Abbey is so majestic it makes you feel really small. I wish I could stay on in Bath but it’s time to face the real world! I’m going back to Malaysia for a job as a management consultant."

"I loved the ceremony," said Alexander Belassie who graduated with a MEng in Aerospace Engineering with German. "The Abbey is a special place for me anyway as I proposed to my girlfriend, Juliet, just outside. She graduates this week too." Alexander is returning home to Surrey and the wedding is planned for next August.

David Drew travelled from Kent to receive his MSc in Integrated Environmental Management. David works for English Heritage and as a distance learner has travelled to Bath for three residential courses. "It was a good ceremony even though it’s really hot today."

Elizabeth Carrell graduated with an MEng in Sports Engineering. "I really enjoyed it in the Abbey. It’s a good opportunity to meet up with everyone again. I’ve enjoyed my time in Bath and my placement in Farnborough. I’m heading back to home near Portsmouth."