Students gain honours at last ifs University College graduation and presentation ceremony

More than 100 students were conferred with honours at London’s Guildhall on 9 September, during the last graduation and presentation ceremony held under the old ifs University College name.

Having successfully completed one of the many banking and finance qualifications offered by the organisation each year, the students – and their friends and families – gathered in the historic Great Hall to receive their awards and hear a range of speeches from distinguished guests and senior industry professionals.

The ceremony began with a trumpet fanfare as the procession made their way to the stage, and was duly followed with an opening address by Principal Alex Fraser, who welcomed the guests and praised the students for their achievements. Dr Paul Fisher, overseeing his last graduation ceremony in his capacity as Chairman of ifs University College, also reciprocated with a few words of reflection.

Following the opening addresses, the students were invited on-stage to receive their certificates and pose for photographs, before returning triumphantly to their seats. There was a distinct international flavour to the proceedings this year too as those students – some travelling from as far as Bangladesh – completing their Certificate for Documentary Credit Specialists (CDCS) joined the celebrations.

As is customary, after the conferring of degrees, diplomas and prizes the audience then heard from Professor Peter Hahn, the Henry Grunfeld Chair of Banking and Elizabeth Corley CBE, who received an Honorary Doctorate for her services to the banking and finance industries. Elizabeth in particular had some inspiring words about the role ifs University College graduates can play as future leaders.

The ceremony then concluded with some closing remarks from our student speaker, Tejas Padalkar, who recently completed his BSc (Hons) in Finance, Investment and Risk, who spoke about his time at university and moving onto the next stage of his life.

As the procession made their way out of the Great Hall, the audience made the short trip to the Old Library for a well-earned glass of Pimms and afternoon canapes and more photography in the courtyard.

We would like to extend our congratulations and thanks to all those who attended for making the graduation an enjoyable and memorable day.

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