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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

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