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The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) celebrated student success at three graduation ceremonies in Cirencester Parish Church.
Students were awarded degrees and diplomas from the RAU in three services: Ceremony for Real Estate, Rural Land Management, and Environment; Ceremony for Business and Entrepreneurship, Equine Management and Science, and Food Supply and Management; and Ceremony for Agriculture; before posing for photographs with friends and family in the newly regenerated Market Place.
Each year, the University awards Honorary Fellowships to people who have made significant contributions to agriculture and the related landbased industries. In 2017, Fellowships were awarded to Mike Tucker, farmer and equestrian commentator, and Consultant and Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Housing Planning and Local Government. Christine Cross, PLC and private company director, was also awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the RAU in absentia.
RAU vice-chancellor, Professor Jo Price, said: “Convocation is a very special day for the whole University and is the culmination of a lot of hard work from the graduates. Each and every student should be very proud of everything they’ve accomplished and I congratulate them on their achievements. This is my first year as vice-chancellor and it is a great honour to be part of their success and their special day. Whilst it’s the end of their current studies at the RAU, we hope it’s not the end of their journey with us and we wish them all the best in both their future careers and as the newest members of the famous RAU Alumni.”
During the ceremony, two special awards were presented to staff from the Royal Agricultural University. The James Buckman Presentation Cup was awarded to Mike Draper, Lecturer in Crop Production Technology & Management, in recognition of excellence in education. The Professor W Paul Davies Award was presented to Sarah Tennant-bell for developing student potential. Prize winners The University also held a special prizewinners’ awards evening to celebrate outstanding student achievement. The vice-chancellor presented students with awards and prizes, to thundering applause and cheers from friends and family.
On average over the past five years, 96% of RAU undergraduates enter employment or further study within six months of graduation.
The Royal Agricultural University Convocation ceremony, 2017