Celebrating together

7 June 2022

Graduates celebrating on stage

Last month, the special, festive atmosphere that accompanies graduation ceremonies at Brookes was felt on Headington Campus for the first time in three years. Forty-two ceremonies took place in Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall and more than 5,600 graduates processed across the stage. Each ceremony and its surrounding festivities created a real sense of pride in Brookes students and a wider celebration for families, friends, carers and everyone else involved.

To add to the celebrations, nine honorary graduates also received their awards and gave inspiring speeches to those in attendance. They included author of Brit(ish), Guardian journalist and broadcaster Afua Hirsch, and TV chef, writer and former Junior Bake Off judge Allegra McEvedy MBE who urged graduates to seize every opportunity that came their way in the years ahead. The other honorary graduates were Bob Price, former Lord Mayor of Oxford; strategic planner, Catriona Riddell; Small Business Britain's Michelle Ovens; Natalia Benjamin, co-founder of the Association for the Basque Children of the UK; special educationalist, Simon Knight; and leading Methodist, Susan Howdle.

Brookes Union officers Tannah Collier, Sarah Tammadge-Wall, Saskia Clubb and Hugo Stewart also spoke on behalf of all Oxford Brookes graduates, thanking parents, carers and friends for their support, and recognising the care and dedication of staff working across the University.

The next set of graduation ceremonies, for the class of 2022, runs from Wednesday 31 August to Friday 9 September. There’s still time to register if you’re expecting to graduate: login to your Student Information Portal now.