Students prepare to celebrate in Cambridge


Thousands of people will descend on Cambridge Corn Exchange this month as Anglia Ruskin University’s annual graduation ceremonies take place over four days in the centre of the city.

Around 2,600 students, wearing ARU’s traditional blue and yellow gowns, will be watched by their friends and families as they cross the stage to officially mark the completion of their courses and take the next step on their respective journeys.

Students will be joined by three special guests, who will be recognised by ARU for their contributions to their respective fields with honorary degrees.

Dr Rajiv Raman is an internationally renowned retinal specialist and scientist, and pioneer in using Artificial Intelligence in the detection of diabetic retinopathy. He will be awarded the title of Honorary Doctor of Health Sciences.

Sarah Perry is an award-winning novelist and former ARU student. One of the most talented writers of her generation, she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018. She will be awarded the title of Honorary Doctor of Letters.

Mark Coulier is an award-winning prosthetic make-up designer who has worked on Hollywood blockbusters such as the Harry Potter series of films, Star Wars: Episode 1 and The Mummy. A former ARU student, he has won three BAFTAs, three Primetime Emmy awards and two ‘best make-up’ Oscars for his work on The Iron Lady and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Mark will receive the award of Honorary Doctor of Arts.

Professor Roderick Watkins, Vice Chancellor of ARU, said: “Our graduation ceremonies are a highlight of the year for us as we have the opportunity to watch our students celebrate their years of hard work finally come to fruition, in wonderful historic surroundings.

“There is always a terrific atmosphere in our home cities as students celebrate with their families, friends and of course the staff who have helped them through their studies.

“I am looking forward to greeting them all as they cross the stage, and wishing them well for the future, whichever paths they choose to take.”

The ceremonies run from Monday, 14 October until Thursday, 17 October at the Corn Exchange in Wheeler Street.




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