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New Imperial graduates celebrate in style

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by Wendy Raeside
Thursday 27 October 2005

The Royal Albert Hall was the grand setting for the graduation this week (Wednesday 26 October) of more than 1,500 Imperial College London students across engineering, medicine, life and physical sciences.

The graduands, their families and friends were welcomed to the morning and afternoon ceremonies by the Rector of Imperial College, Sir Richard Sykes. Congratulating them all, Sir Richard said that "Imperial is in the business of forming future leaders for the world... I have no doubt that... governments and nations and peoples will have a better quality of living in no small part because of contributions from Imperial graduates, you among them."

New graduates celebrate their success

The graduands were presented for their degrees to the Deputy Chairman of Imperial's Council, Dr Eileen Buttle and their Faculty Principals. Special awards were given to individual students who had excelled in extraordinary ways - from leading an engineering project in El Salvador to organising Imperial's hugely successful Hyde Park Relays.

During the ceremonies, four new Imperial College Fellowships were also awarded to high achievers in industry and academia, Dr Amit Chatterjee, Dr Susan Ion, Professor Melvyn Myers and Air Marshal Sir Colin Terry.

Between the presentations, musical interludes were performed by the Imperial College choir, ending with a rousing rendition of God Save the Queen. Afterwards, graduates and their guests continued their celebrations with a champagne reception on the Queen's Lawn.