The Royal Agricultural University was pleased to award three Honorary Fellowships during Graduation 2017 (Thursday 20 July).
Class of 2017 graduate from Royal Agricultural University
The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) celebrated student success at three graduation ceremonies in Cirencester Parish Church on Thursday 20 July 2017.
Students were awarded degrees and diplomas from the RAU in three services: Ceremony for Real Estate, Rural Land Management, and Environment; Ceremony for Business and Entrepreneurship, Equine Management and Science, and Food Supply and Management; and Ceremony for Agriculture; before posing for photographs with friends and family in the newly regenerated Market Place.
Each year, the University awards Honorary Fellowships to people who have made significant contributions to agriculture and the related land-based industries. In 2017, Fellowships were awarded to: Mike Tucker, Farmer / Equestrian Commentator and Consultant; and Minister Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. Christine Cross, PLC and private company director, was also awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the RAU in absentia.
RAU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jo Price said: “Convocation is a very special day for the whole University and is the culmination of a lot of hard work from the graduates. Each and every student should be very proud of everything they’ve accomplished and I congratulate them on their achievements. This is my first year as Vice-Chancellor, and it is a great honour to be part of their success and their special day. Whilst it’s the end of their current studies at the RAU, we hope it’s not the end of their journey with us and we wish them all the best in both their future careers and as the newest members of the famous RAU Alumni.”
During the ceremony, two special awards were presented to staff from the Royal Agricultural University. The James Buckman Presentation Cup was awarded to Mike Draper, Lecturer in Crop Production Technology & Management, in recognition of excellence in education. The Professor W Paul Davies Award was presented to Sarah Tennant-Bell for developing student potential.
On Wednesday 19 July, the University held a special prize winners’ awards evening to celebrate outstanding student achievement. The Vice-Chancellor Professor Jo Prize presented students with awards and prizes, to thundering applause and cheers from friends and family. Thank you to the generous award sponsors: British Society of Soil Science, CEFETRA, Chartered Institute of Marketing, Chartered Management Institute, Cirencester Science and Technology Society, Dengie, Dodson and Horrell, Douglas Bomford Trust, ED & F Man Liquid Products, For Farmers, Kingshay, Natural Animal Feeds, Royal Agricultural Society of England, Worshipful Company of Farmers.
Read more about the prize winners’ awards evening.
On average over the past five years, 96% of RAU undergraduates enter employment or further study within six months of graduation. We wish our graduates every success in their future endeavours.