Graduates become global citizens

Regent’s University London welcomed more than 1,000 new graduates at ceremonies held in the inspiring setting of St Marylebone Parish Church on 13, 14 and 15 July 2017.

Graduates throwing hats into the air

Vice Chancellor Professor Aldwyn Cooper congratulated the graduates during ceremonies marking their achievements in business and management, design, liberal arts and humanities.

He said: 'We are the largest and most diverse private university in Britain. We are gaining increasing recognition from other universities, governments and employers around the world. This is hugely beneficial to our alumni, who want to be able to live, work and study internationally.

'Our graduates are marked out by competence in their subject areas and social skills, confidence that they will succeed, they have excellent communication abilities, and are creative. Many of our students start their own businesses or bring new ideas to existing companies.'

Other comments from the three days of ceremonies included:

Roxanne Militaru, BA (Hons) International Business graduate, and ‘Best Student’ and ‘Best Dissertation’ winner in the European Business School London Awards: 'I’m moving to Florida to work with a manufacturing start-up in the railway business. Eventually I hope to move back to London, which will always have my heart. Regent’s has made me a citizen of the world.'

Miles Dennert, BA (Hons) International Business graduate: 'I’ve had the time of my life studying at Regent’s. I’m from Hamburg, did my semester in Toledo, and have recently moved to Barcelona where I’ll be working on consultancy processes for Deloitte. My advice to prospective students is definitely come to Regent’s!'

Regent's graduation ceremony

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE, Regent’s University London Chancellor: 'The last President of the United States Barack Obama said that the most important role anyone plays in life is not to be president, prime minister, king, queen, chief executive or director. The most important role is to be a citizen who is engaged, committed and cares about the environment beyond themselves.'

Nancy Allum, MA Global Management graduate: 'I want to thank [Regent’s lecturer] Dr Eric Chan who I think all of us owe a lot for his constant support and believing in the potential of every single one of his students.'

Lucy Jay-Kennedy, BA (Hons) International Business (2005), offered advice to her newly-graduated peers, saying: 'Nurture your networks, this will be your door-opener to unexpected opportunities. Build on it, stay connected and be open to new ideas.'

Senior Honorary Fellowships were also awarded to:

  • Chartered surveyor and mediator Nicolas Eden
  • Former President of the European Parliament Dr Hans-Gert Pottering
  • Chief Executive of the Prince’s Trust Dame Martina Milburn 
  • Theologist and teacher, the late Lady Sophie Laws
  • Chemist and volunteer David Parrish
  • Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation Dom Laurence Freeman 
  • Director of the Ghelamco Group Paul Gheysens.
View our gallery of images from the ceremonies and ball at Regent's graduation Flickr album.