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Jeanette Muller (left) & Jane Dickinson
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Josh Lewis
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Ola Sabet (left) & Yolande Sanchez
Ola Sabet (left) & Yolande Sanchez
Gang Xin
Gang Xin

Internal News - 11 December 2007

Winter award ceremonies - graduate vox pop

Winter graduation ceremonies began today at the Assembly Rooms. Following are vox pops with some of the first to graduate.

Doug Smith, who graduated today with a PhD in Chemistry, said: “It’s been a wonderful day – the ceremony went really smoothly and was very concise. The only delays were caused by the amounts of applause! I love the formality – you don’t get the opportunity to attend events like this very often. I feel very proud to be here today – and lucky to have been able to study at Bath.” Doug is hoping for a career as a tax inspector.

Catherine Sutton, awarded an MRes in Regenerative Medicine, said: “Today has been a great occasion – it’s a lovely venue, and the ceremony felt very personal. I’ve started a PhD at Bristol which is going well, but I enjoyed the intimate atmosphere of Bath.”

Josh Lewis, who was awarded an MBA today, said he loved the pomp and ceremony of graduation. “As well as feeling very traditional, the Assembly Rooms made a small and intimate venue. I’m starting to look for Senior Executive roles in the South West, probably in health as I trained as a doctor. I feel very well-equipped by the course – I’ve learnt a huge amount over the last year.”

“We worked very hard to be here today,” said Ola Sabet and Yolande Sanchez. Ola, from Egypt, who was awarded an MRes in Biosciences, said: “I’m very happy to have completed the course and be here at graduation. It was a very intense and comprehensive programme.” Yolande, from Spain, was awarded an MRes in Regenerative Medicine, said: “I’d heard through word of mouth that Bath was a good place to study, I’ve enjoyed the city and the University so much that I’m staying on to do my PhD here.”

Gang Xin, a graduate in Regenerative Medicine, originally from China, is now researching a cure for flu at Imperial College, London. He said: “Today means more to me than when I graduated from my first degree. I worked much harder for this. For me, both the city and the department have lived up to their great reputations.”

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