Hats off to 1,400 graduates from the University of Derby

Keeping your cap in place in the face of near gale-force winds was a challenge for many of the graduates outside Derby Arena after attending the first of two days of graduation ceremonies at the University of Derby on Thursday.

Among them was Shane Reynolds, 26, of Derby, was graduating with a Masters degree in sport and exercise. He was attending the event with his wife, Jennifer and dad, Dave.

Another graduate, who managed to remain unruffled despite the conditions outside, was Hevi Salih and her family. Hevi, 23, of Littleover, was graduating with a Masters degree in law.

Pictured trying to keep his hat on in the wind outside Derby Arena after the University of Derby graduation ceremony is Shane Reynolds with wife, Jennifer and dad, Dave
Pictured trying to keep his hat on in the wind outside Derby Arena after the University of Derby graduation ceremony is Shane Reynolds with wife, Jennifer and dad, Dave

A total of 1,400 people will have graduated from the university’s five colleges – arts, humanities and education; business, law and social sciences; health and social care; life and natural sciences and engineering and technology – by the end of Friday.

The list also includes students from across the world who have studied online with University of Derby Online Learning.

Hevi Salih is pictured with her family at the University of Derby graduation ceremony on Thursday
Hevi Salih is pictured with her family at the University of Derby graduation ceremony on Thursday

Among the graduates are four notable people with Derbyshire connections who are receiving honorary awards during the ceremonies.

On Thursday, these were MP Kenneth Clarke, who has served as MP for Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire since 1970 and currently holds the Parliamentary title Father of the House for his long continuous service. Mr Clarke also played a part when the former Derbyshire College of Higher Education applied to be a university in 1992, when he insisted that new universities had to be able to award research degrees.

Dame Margaret Beckett, MP for Derby South, has been made an honorary doctor of the University of Derby
Dame Margaret Beckett, MP for Derby South, has been made an honorary doctor of the University of Derby

And also receiving an honorary doctorate was the longest-serving female MP, Dame Margaret Beckett, who has represented Derby South since 1983.

Due to receive honorary doctorates on Friday are the Duke of Devonshire, who as chancellor of the university presides at each of the awards ceremonies but will give way to his son Lord Burlington next year and also Stephen Page, chief executive of Faber & Faber Ltd, which is one of the world’s leading literary publishers and involved in the MA in publishing course at the university.

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