Graduation Day is a time to celebrate the achievements of our students as they received their degrees and thus opening the door for a new journey in their dental career. We always hope for good weather especially for photographs and we were lucky as the rain held off for the afternoon. The graduation ceremony is always a grand occasion and the dental school staff sat behind the Vice Chancellor very proud of the achievements of their students. One of our second year students, Isabel Howson, was part of the brass band playing before and after the ceremony. Once the ceremony was over there was the chance for photographs and everyone was ready for a selfie with Mum, Dad or anyone that happened to wander into the picture.
There was a first for the school as the presentation and award of prizes took place in the new building. The lecture theatre was opened up and there was standing room only. Video cameras helped to beam the ceremony across the lecture theatre. The guest of honour was Dr Serbjit Kaur, Former Acting Chief Dental Officer, NHS England and she presented the Prizes and Scholarships awarded during 2015 and 2016. Serbjit gave a moving speech outlining her career from when she was young and encouraged people to work hard to achieve their goals. Joanna Dimelow the Chairperson of BUDSS proposed a vote of thanks on behalf of the students. Professor Philip Lumley, Director and Head of School then gave thanks to the staff and in particular to Professor Deborah White. It was his final prize giving as director of the school having taken up the position in 2004. Prof Lumley outlined the achievements of the school during his time in charge including the outstanding results in Research, Education and International standings. After closing the proceedings Professor Lumley invited the assembled company to join him for the Champagne reception with Strawberries and Cream in the School Refectory.