GALLERY: Graduation 2018

Drones, dogs, cake decorating and one or two tears – we’ve had it all at this week’s graduation celebrations.

More than 6,000 students were on campus to receive their degrees at ceremonies held at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Here we round up just a few of the highlights.

Inspiring student speeches

Emma Morgan

Each of the 14 ceremonies included a fantastic contribution from a student speaker, who was chosen to represent and speak on behalf of their graduating cohort. Dentistry graduate Emma Morgan (pictured above) spoke on Tuesday and wrapped up her speech by saying: “How lucky I am to have experienced something that makes saying goodbye so hard. So for now I say goodbye to this chapter of my life and I look forward to what comes next. This is the beginning of anything you want Class of 2018, and I wish you all the best.” Read more…

Honorary degrees

We awarded eight honorary degrees across the week, beginning with former President of the University of Liverpool Council, David McDonnell on Monday (pictured with the Vice-Chancellor above). Other recipients included Liverpool-born comic book writer and artist John Higgins, Tate director Dr Maria Balshaw; neurosurgeon Mr Paul May; president of the Royal College of Physicians, Professor Dame Jane Dacre; founder of the Rushworth Foundation, Jonathan Rushworth; zoologist and curator, Dr Clemency Fisher and Unilever executive, Dr Peter Gallagher. Read more…


Some fantastic photos and videos of graduation celebrations were shared on social media across the week, with #LivUniGrad even trending on Twitter.  An unexpected fluffy guest, a cupcake worthy of the Great British Bake Off and an inspired graduation fashion moment were among some of our favourites.

Birdseye view

Drone footage captured the campus in the midst of celebrations, starting from Abercromby Square where live broadcasts of the ceremonies were shown, a jazz band played and refreshments were served.

Next steps

The Alumni team were on hand in the Guild of Students and the marquee to help graduates stay connected to the University and join the global Liverpool alumni community. The Careers team also hosted a pop-up coffee cart on University Square and were available to chat about careers and future plans with the new graduates.

Main image credit: Instagram @meg_clift

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