17-20 May 2021, Online

It is my honour, as President of Imperial College London, to welcome you to our 2021 Postgraduate Graduation.

Today we join together from around the world to pay tribute to our graduates, celebrate their accomplishments and provide our best wishes for their future.

Graduates, you have completed your degrees in difficult and unprecedented times. You succeeded in meeting the challenges created by the pandemic with spirit, creativity and determination. You and your professors created new ways of teaching. Many of you volunteered in your communities. All of you kept moving forward when it seemed as if the world had come to a standstill.

You receive your degrees at a crucial time. As the world’s communities must continue to address the pandemic while beginning to rebuild the future, there is greater need than ever for your knowledge, expertise and talents.

Your family and friends have been a source of encouragement and strength during your studies. They share in the joy of today. And our academics who taught, guided and inspired you also deserve our thanks.

We also remember the family members, friends and colleagues who we have lost or who suffered the severe effects of the pandemic. Our hearts go out to all who have been affected.

There will be better days ahead.  And you and other members of the Imperial community will be a vital part of creating that brighter future.

Again, congratulations. 

Thank you.