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Record number of students graduate from University of Sussex
4:03pm Wednesday 18th July 2012 in News
A record number of students will graduate from the University of Sussex this year.
The university, which is celebrating its 50th year, will see 2,225 students graduate.
University of Sussex chancellor Sanjeev Bhaskar will hand out the awards watched by 6,000 guests at Brighton Dome .
As a one-off celebration, the university has decided to award a number of gold medals to mark its landmark anniversary.
Recipients include founding father of the university Lord Briggs, Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremey Deller, former president of Botswana Festus Mogae and award-winning novelist Ian McEwan.
The university will pay tribute to three students who died during their studies and will present posthumous awards to their families.
Melanie Crouch will be awarded a BSc in psychology, Charles ‘Chaz’ Blinstrub will be awarded a diploma in higher education life sciences, while Luke Akaguri will be made a Doctor of Education.
University of Sussex vice-chancellor Professor Michael Farthing said: “This year is very special to the university, as we reflect on the achievements of the past 50 years and look forward to what could be achieved by our academics and our graduating students in the years to come.
“There are exciting times ahead for all those who seek to make a positive contribution to our world through the opportunities opened up by higher education.”
Five honorary doctorates will be awarded, including Nigel Newton, the founder of Bloomsbury Publishing, Professor Stephen Hopper, a director at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, and Baroness Andrews of Southover, deputy leader of the House of Lords.
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