University of London External System Graduation Ceremony draws crowds from across the globe

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Thousands of people from around the world will converge on London's Barbican Centre next week for the University of London External System 2010 Graduation Ceremony. A record 800 graduates from every corner of the globe – Jamaica to Sri Lanka, Russia to New Zealand and, of course, the UK – will celebrate their success at the Barbican Centre on Monday 15 March.

Thousands of people from around the world will converge on London’s Barbican Centre next week for the University of London External System 2010 Graduation Ceremony.

A record 800 graduates from every corner of the globe – Jamaica to Sri Lanka, Russia to New Zealand and, of course, the UK – will celebrate their success at the Barbican Centre on Monday 15 March.

They will be joined by about 1,200 friends and family, along with staff from international teaching institutions, and academics from the University of London’s Lead Colleges.

Presiding over the ceremony will be the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, Professor Geoffrey Crossick, and Professor Jonathan Kydd, Dean of the University of London External System.

Professor Kydd said: "The annual London Graduation Ceremony is greatly valued by our graduates and their families, as demonstrated by the large number of people willing to travel across the world to attend this special event. The ceremony also gives the students an opportunity to meet and celebrate with our academic staff who are responsible for providing academic direction for our study programmes."

Twelve students will also receive Awards for Academic Achievement.

The event details are as follows:
Monday 15 March
Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Location: Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Notes for Editors:

The University of London External System:

  •     The University of London was established in 1836 and is one of the oldest, largest and most diverse universities in the United Kingdom.
  •     The University’s founding principle is to provide education for all, irrespective of race, creed or political belief.
  •     In 1858, the University of London was granted its fourth Charter, which paved the way for the establishment of the University of London External System.
  •     The University of London External System is a unique global network of 46,000 students in 180 countries, on more than 100 study programmes.
  •     The External System has been instrumental in the formation of British higher education – all English and Welsh universities founded between 1849 and 1949 offered University of London degrees before obtaining Royal Charters to award their own degrees.
  •     Between 1946 and 1970, the External System played a significant role in establishing many Commonwealth universities under a unique scheme of ‘special relations’.
  •     Through the External System, higher education was made available to a much wider range of social classes; it pre-empted 20th Century developments in open, flexible and distance learning by more than 100 years.
  •     Famous former students and alumni of the External System include seven Nobel Prize Winners: Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins, Professor Ronald Coase, Wole Soyinka, Derek Walcott, ex-President Nelson Mandela, joint winner Charles Kao and joint winner Dr Rolph Payet, who has now been appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Seychelles.
  •     Useful websites: http://www.londonexternal.ac.uk/media and http://www.londonexternal.ac.uk/graduation

For further information contact:
Binda Rai
Head of Corporate Affairs and Communication
University of London External System
Email: binda.rai(at)london(dot)ac(dot)uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7862 8545 (office)
+44 (0)7920 476483 (mobile)

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