University of Sussex Graduation 2018

Celebration, sunshine, inspiring speeches and a whole lot of kindness...

In a week in which some part of the UK entered it's 50th day without rain, Sussex celebrated Graduation 2018 with gusto - with nearly 4000 graduands celebrating the end of their studies amidst balmy temperatures and thousands of smiling friends and families.

This year theme of Graduation was kindness, with Vice-Chancellor, Adam Tickell, helping graduands remember the importance of the the acts of kindness they gave and received throughout their Sussex journeys. Whilst Sussex Chancellor, Sanjeev Bhaskar - who was residing over his ninth summer graduation - once again reminded everyone that at Sussex, we like to do things a little differently.

However, most importantly, this was a celebration; a life-affirming occasion for thousands of dedicated, passionate and talented people from all over the world to celebrate with family and friends. Something which Adam Tickell underlined throughout the week's ceremonies:

“I’m immensely proud of our students graduating this week - not only for the considerable academic achievements for which they are being awarded, or the valuable contribution that many have already made to industry through their research, but also for the personal journey that they have made during their time at Sussex.

“It’s a journey of both heart and mind and our students have community spirit, courage and kindness in spades. These are students who are not afraid to push the boundaries, to disrupt the status quo; who want to use their knowledge and qualifications to get out and make a difference.

“It is fitting, therefore, that we are also awarding a number of honorary degrees to remarkable individuals who have themselves pushed the boundaries in their fields – many of whom are Sussex alumni – and I’m delighted to be also welcoming them to Brighton.”

The University also awarded a number of honorary degrees to individuals who have pushed the boundaries in their fields. All gave inspiring speeches, providing details of inspiring careers and sage words of advice to packed ceremony halls, such as this incredible speech from the BBC’s Chief International Correspondent, Lyse Douset:

Those awarded with honorary degrees, included:

Director of User Experience at Google, Mountain View, Elizabeth Churchill

Distinguished researcher and professor of mathematics, Professor David Edmunds

Head of Public Affairs at the Brunswick Group and former British official in the European Commission, Sir Jonathan Faull KCMG

Socio-political activist and writer who campaigns for women’s and LGBT rights in Malaysia, Marina Mahathir

Journalist, broadcaster, activist and political consultant, Hella Pick CBE

And, as mentioned above, Chief International Correspondent for the BBC, Lyse Doucet

However, graduation also saw a number of keynote speeches, such as this one from Peter Kyle, MP for Hove and Portslade.

Throughout the week our very own Digital Media Gurus were out and about talking to a number of graduates and their families - ensuring that everyone across our social media channels really got to feel the special atmosphere...

If you were following graduation through Snapchat and Instagram throughout the week, you would have seen our Gurus providing a slightly alternative view, as you can see in the videos below:

In fact, one of our brilliant gurus, Rebecca Longhurst, graduated herself during the week, not before she gave everyone a tour of the Brighton Centre pre-ceremony!

Till next year...

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