The graduation ceremony for Hull politics students took place last Wednesday. The picture shows me with some of the British Politics and Legislative Studies (BPLS) graduates. The results were the best we have ever achieved.
As there was not an honorary degree being awarded at the ceremony, I was invited to be the speaker. My theme was that receiving a degree is not the end of a process, but rather the start of one. The degree is the springboard for one’s future, but the university experience shapes who you are and how you face the world. You may leave the campus, but you remain part of the university and the university remains part of you. This I think is particularly the case with Hull, which attracts remarkable loyalty from its graduates. They are as proud of the university as the university is proud of them.