Once again, the historic and prestigious surroundings of London’s Guildhall was the setting for ifs University College's graduation ceremony, which is held each year to celebrate the academic achievements of its student body.
Nearly 100 students and their families joined ifs University College staff, academics and dignitaries at the event on what was a sun-filled summer’s day in the heart of the City of London.
This year’s ceremony marked an important milestone in the history of ifs University College as it saw the first cohort of full-time undergraduate students to be awarded with BSc Honours degrees. The full-time students began their studies in 2011, following the organisation’s gaining of Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) in 2010, which made it the only professional body to have degree-awarding powers and university college title.
Among their number was Paul Grayston who became the first full-time student to graduate with a first class honours degree and was also awarded the Scholar Prize in Banking Practice and Management.
Alongside the full-time students were many of ifs University College's part-time graduates, who celebrated completing the combined twin challenges of studying while working full-time. One part time student, Ashley Higham, said that the graduation was “an important step in her career” and allowed her to celebrate her accomplishments with her family, whom had supported her throughout her studies.
During the ceremony, the students heard speeches from ifs University College's Principal Gavin Shreeve, Chairman Dr Paul Fisher and special guest speaker Martin Wheatley from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Martin congratulated the students and urged them, as future financial services leaders, to play their part in restoring the reputation of the sector and safeguarding its future.
Commenting on the ceremony, Gavin Shreeve, Principal at ifs University College said:
“Over the past three years, our full-time undergraduate students, like our professional student body, have demonstrated the highest levels of dedication, commitment and motivation towards their studies and future careers. They are the first of many cohorts of full-time undergraduate students who will begin their careers by studying with us.
“We offer our warmest congratulations and thanks to all of our students, both part-time and full-time, who thoroughly deserve the accolades they have received and for their contribution in making ifs University College what it is today and for what it will be in the future.”
Congratulations to all those who took part and very best wishes for future success.