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Class of Glyndŵr University 2015 set to graduate in Wrexham

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Hundreds of students will collect their degrees in front of proud family and friends at the first of Glyndŵr University’s annual awards ceremonies today.

Health and Social Science students are collecting their qualifications this morning, followed by the 2015 cohort of Undergraduate Business students in the afternoon.

The ceremonies are two of six taking place in the Wrexham institution’s William Aston Hall from Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 October.

They mark the culmination of years of hard work by students from across the world, who now go on to further study, training or into their chosen careers.

Professor Graham Upton, Interim of Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University, and Chancellor Sir Jon Shortridge will lead proceedings.

Professor Upton said: “These will be the first award ceremonies which I’ve been involved with at Glyndŵr University and I’ve been looking forward to them immensely.

“For many of our students this will be their final day at university as they go on to the next chapter in their lives within employment.

“We hope that we have played an important part in their journey to get them to where they wanted to be and we look forward to celebrating with them this week.”

The first of Glyndŵr University’s fellows for 2015 are also being honoured today, organic farmer Lord Newborough and artist Ben Johnson.

Two more ceremonies take place at the university tomorrow, with education students collecting their degrees in the morning followed by postgraduate business and computing students in the afternoon.

Glyndŵr University’s 2015 graduation concludes on Friday with applied science, engineering, media, arts and design, psychology and sports science students the final ones to receive their degrees.

Four more honorary degrees will be awarded this week - Peter Davies, current Sustainable Futures Commissioner for Wales at Cynnal Cymru and chair at Climate Change Commission for Wales; artist Bedwyr Williams; environmental scientist Prof Sir John T Houghton and Wrexham soldier James Wharton, who became an icon for the Army’s changing attitude towards homosexuality.

The ceremonies will see both undergraduate and postgraduate students collect their degrees. Individual awards for outstanding achievement are also being handed out across all subject areas.

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