A celebration of this summer's graduations
Published: 8 July 2019
Some of this year's graduations - in social media
Summer graduation season is undeniably one of the most exciting times in the UofG calendar. It’s a chance to celebrate our talented students and staff and to tell some of the great stories which have unfolded in their time at the University. Here we round up some of the coverage produced by the UofG Social Media and Student Communications Team.
Honorary Graduate - Sabir Zazai
On Commemoration Day this year, CEO of the Scottish Refugee Council Sabir Zazai was awarded an honorary degree. We caught up with him on the day, along with his father Mohamed, who travelled from Afghanistan to attend the ceremony in Bute Hall after the Home Office overturned their decision to deny his visitor visa.
'I feel like I'm in a dream' - @sabir_zazai‘s father delighted to watch his son receive an honorary doctorate at #UofGCommDay after the decision to deny his visitor visa was overturned.— University of Glasgow (@UofGlasgow) June 12, 2019
We seeing families celebrate at graduations #TeamUofG #UofGWorldChangers @scotrefcouncil pic.twitter.com/rwtFDb3KMY
Honorary Graduate - Sam Heughan
Another notable honorary graduate was of course Outlander star Sam Heughan, who picked up his doctorate at the Dumfries Campus on 3rd July, surrounded by proud UofG graduates and adoring fans alike.
"It's been a long journey I'm sure, and they really should celebrate today!" - #Outlander star @SamHeughan shared a message of congratulations for the students graduating at our @DumfriesCampus as he joined them to receive an honorary doctorate #UofGgrad19 #TeamUofG pic.twitter.com/XWqAldqZ3a— University of Glasgow (@UofGlasgow) July 3, 2019
Wendy's UofG story
We also told the story of Wendy, who graduated with a Masters in Medicinal Chemistry. She faced the prospect of missing out on university because her family was seeking asylum at the time she was applying for university, until the UofG Widening Participation team stepped in.
Despite excelling in school, Wendy faced missing out on university because her family was seeking asylum. She's just graduated with a Masters in Medicinal Chemistry and is returning to UofG to start her PHD. Congrats Wendy! #TeamUofG #UofGgrad19 pic.twitter.com/VeRJS5JrVO— University of Glasgow (@UofGlasgow) June 28, 2019
What would graduations be without the booming sounds of the organ in Bute Hall? We caught up with UofG organist Kevin Bowyer, who famously has a bit of fun with ceremony song choices.
UofG's own gin launched
Another typical feature of graduations is something to wet one’s whistle and we were delighted to hear UofG alumni Helen Stewart created a gin called ‘1451’ inspired by the University of Glasgow!
Introducing 1451 a new gin distilled for the University of Glasgow! @UofG_Alumni Helen Stewart created the gin from hand foraged botanicals from her family farm— University of Glasgow (@UofGlasgow) June 21, 2019
1451 is available at graduation, @UofGShop & onlinehttps://t.co/7doLdE1ive#UofGgrad19 #UofGin pic.twitter.com/dBIdNh9ZBC
UofG Graduation reflections
For many, graduations are a time for reflection. So as the new graduates took stock of their time at UofG, we asked what advice they might give their younger selves if they were to do it all over again.
As we start our second week of #UofGgrad19 , we are asking our new @UofG_alumni what piece of advice they would give to new students starting their #UofG journey.... #TeamUofG #UofGworldchangers #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/qZSSdRD3N2— University of Glasgow (@UofGlasgow) June 24, 2019
UofG Summer Grads 2019
These were just some of the magical moments captured during this year’s summer graduations. A massive congratulations and thanks to all graduates who appeared in front of our cameras, and the dedicated UofG staff who make the magic happen!
Summer graduations on the main campus are officially done— University of Glasgow (@UofGlasgow) June 28, 2019
Congratulations to all our new @UofG_Alumni now get out there and change the world
Dumfries Campus graduands - see you on Wednesday!#UofGgrad19 pic.twitter.com/2pjekxIm2L
First published: 8 July 2019