Chancellor hails “moment of celebration and joy”

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THE University’s new Chancellor, Lord Peter Mandelson, has commended the students who graduated this summer.

More than 7,500 students crossed the stage and received their degrees at the ceremonies, which once again took place at the Bridgewater Hall.

Lord Mandelson said at the final graduation ceremony: “This great occasion is really a very significant milestone in the lives of you all. The completion, so far at any rate, of an educational journey, a moment of celebration and joy. As your new Chancellor, I know the ceremony is going to be the highlight of my own year and I feel hugely proud and really very privileged to be here today presiding at this ceremony.

“The future is going to bring great change in your lives but change for which you are better prepared and better equipped as a result of your university education.

“The origins of our University go back almost 200 years and we’ve played an essential role in the history of this great city of Manchester, its region and all its people.

“Here at Manchester Metropolitan we deliver world-class teaching that is underpinned and informed by excellent research, the impact of which will transform lives and improve society.”

This year, honorary degrees were given to boxer Amir Khan, arts figurehead Maria Balshaw, technology entrepreneur Lawrence Jones, former University Governor Peter Budd, businessman Michael Blackburn, Lord-Lieutenant Warren Smith JP and sport scientist Dr Stephen McGregor.

Make sure you read next week’s ManMetLife for our special “Graduation in Numbers” story.