Thousands of graduates collected their degrees as the University marked another year of excellent graduation ceremonies.
The Bridgewater Hall once again played host as family, friends and graduates from across the UK and the world descended upon the city.
There were 19 ceremonies in total, running from Tuesday, July 18, to Wednesday, July 26. More than 1,000 colleagues and guests featured on the platform and five honorary degrees were awarded.
The honorary graduates were:
- Lyn Romeo, the Chief Social Worker for Adults
- Pete Lomas, the developer of the Raspberry Pi Computer
- Technology entrepreneur Scott Fletcher
- RECLAIM founder Ruth Ibegbuna
- Entrepreneur Iqbal Ahmed
Graduates and colleagues, who socialised together at the ceremonies and at special faculty receptions, heaped praise on the events. Many graduates took to social media to share their day with the world and capture the moment they had worked so hard to achieve.
For the first time, the University hosted a ‘Social Wall’ (below) in the Bridgewater Hall and online, which featured all the different activities across the various platforms pulling through all posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #McrMetProud. Hundreds of people got involved and shared their experiences with us. You can see it here.
On Twitter, there were 330 retweets in total, 767 likes and 75 replies. A Facebook Live post of some of the first graduation ceremony had 8,815 views and 550 reactions, comments and shares. An album has been created to feature some of the best photos and has seen great engagement, with people tagging themselves and sharing their photos. To date, this has reached over 8,000 people.
Instagram stories were used throughout all of the graduations. Two filters were designed for Snapchat which could be used in and around the Bridgewater Hall. The filter on Tuesday, July 18, and Wednesday, July 19, was seen by 27,100 people.
Graduation ceremonies are jointly organised by Student and Academic Services and Marketing, Communications and Development and are one of the highlights of the University calendar, bringing staff, student and families together.
The Alumni team was on hand to sign up graduates into the ever-growing alumni community. While many colleagues were busy behind the scenes, with more than 100 staff volunteers from across the University working as student checkers, stewards, greeters and information helpers across the week.
IT services headed up the operation to make the ceremonies accessible to all via live online video streams. The videos were beamed live and became available after the ceremony here.