It was deckchairs on the lawns around Chancellor’s Court and a special order of sun all day revealed the campus in its full glory. Many people took the opportunity to enjoy the sun before it was time to for our graduands from the School of Dentistry to make their way to the Great Hall. The staff looked resplendent in their robes and there was the personal touch as Professor Lumley announced the names of the graduands before they shook hands with the Chancellor Sir Dominic Cadbury. The honorary graduand was Kay Alexander from BBC West Midlands who delivered an inspiring speech following the conferment of her honorary degree.
After the ceremony, the campus became a photographer’s paradise with many happy smiley faces around wanting to share their delight on receiving their degree. Someone had made sure that the sun was still shinning for everyone. The graduates lined up for the official photograph on the steps near the front entrance. The official photographer is very exacting as he lined up everyone in a perfect pose for that official picture. The College of Medical and Dental Sciences Facebook page has more pictures for viewing
In the afternoon people gathered for Prize giving at the Dental School. Our guest of honour was the Chief Dental Officer, Barry Cockcroft. There was loud applause as the prize winners were announced to staff, parents and friends in the audience. Barry Cockcroft then gave the address and provided memories of his time as a student at Birmingham. After the ceremony it was fizz and cup cakes in the canteen. Everyone left very happy and content in the knowledge that the celebrations were still not over as we look forward to the Graduation Ball.