School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Graduation Day 2019 celebrates achievements of SBCS students

On 24 and 25 July, 700 students from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) at Queen Mary University of London celebrated their graduation across four ceremonies.

25 July 2019

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SBCS graduates celebrate on the lawn outside the Queen's Building.

On 25 July, the first of three ceremonies taking place across the day was held for students on the BSc Pharmacology and Innovative Therapeutics and BSc Neuroscience programmes. After standing for the procession, Queen Mary Principal Colin Bailey gave a welcome address in which he congratulated the students on their achievements and encouraged the students to enjoy the day, “This is your moment. You have worked incredibly hard to be here so enjoy every minute of it! You, your families and your friends should, like all staff at the University, feel extremely proud of your achievement.”

The second ceremony of the day was for students graduating from the BSc Chemistry, BSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry and BSc Psychology students, in addition to MSci Chemistry and MSci Pharmaceutical Chemistry programmes. Vice Principal Education Professor Stephanie Marshall’s welcome address talked about the University’s diversity and commitment to providing opportunities to students from all backgrounds. She also spoke about the exciting futures ahead for the graduates, “You are our ambassadors, the embodiment of our values and I’m sure in twenty years time, my successors will be standing here, talking to the future generations of students about your achievements.

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Head of SBCS Professor Richard Pickersgill and Senior Lecturer Dr Steven Le Comber joined Vice Principal Marshall on the stage to being the conferment of degrees to so many delighted graduates, whose hard work will surely lead them to bigger and greater success in their future endeavours across the globe.

The final graduation ceremony was held for BSc Genetics, BSc Medical Genetics, BSc Zoology, BSc Biology, BSc Biomedical Sciences, BSc Biochemistry and MSci Biochemistry students.

Academic Registrar and Council Secretary Jonathan Morgan delivered the welcome address in this ceremony, focussing on the great platform the graduates have for their future, “At the end of this ceremony, you will join a special family of 155,000 Queen Mary alumni living and working across the world. You will have made lifelong friends and our alumni team will help you to keep it touch, and make many more friends in our alumni network.

Following the presentation of the degrees, Tom Longbottom, Vice President of Barts and the London Queen Mary’s Students’ Union delivered the closing speech before graduates and their families celebrated their special day on a campus that has been home to them for the past years.

We wish all our graduates the best as they take their next steps and look forward to hearing about your future success.