GALLERY: Graduation 2019

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

Inspiring student speeches

Each ceremony included a fantastic contribution from a student speaker, who was chosen to represent their graduating cohort. Management School graduate Elizabeth Hancock (pictured above) spoke at the first ceremony on Monday and said: “Before leaving home to come to University four years ago, I wasn’t sure what the future had in store for me… I was prepared to learn, explore, and make new friends and develop as an individual. As I stand here today, I am proud to say that I made the best decision to come to the University of Liverpool.” Read more…

Honorary degrees

Janet Beer and Max Steinberg

We awarded nine honorary degrees across the week, beginning with former regeneration chief, Max Steinberg on Monday (pictured above) and finishing with Liverpool alumna, US District Judge Wendy Beetlestone on Friday (pictured below). Other recipients included BBC director general, Lord Tony Hall; internationally renowned artists The Singh Twins; founder of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, Professor Ray Donnelly; writer and producer, Heidi Thomas; actor and science communicator, Stephen McGann; and  Justice of the High Court, Sir Stephen Cobb. Read more…

Wendy Beetlestone

Special guests

The Leahurst campus was delighted to have Merseyside Mounted Police Section horses Silver and Major stand guard at their veterinary graduation celebrations on Tuesday. Read more…


Some fantastic photos and videos of graduation celebrations were shared on social media across the week, with #LivUniGrad even trending on Twitter. This heartwarming family moment is just one of our favourites.

Campus celebrations

The Graduation Marquee in Abercromby Square was the hub of celebrations, will be a well-stocked bar, food market area and live music keeping guests entertained.

Great British weather

From sunshine to downpours, the Great British summer was at its unpredictable best this week. However, our amazing graduates weren’t going to let a bit of rain dampen their spirits on Friday.