Photos from our Convocation ceremonies 2015
HRH The Prince of Wales attended RAU graduation in Cirencester Church
HRH The Prince of Wales attended the Royal Agricultural University’s (RAU) annual Convocation (graduation) ceremony in Cirencester Parish Church on Thursday 23 July 2015. His Royal Highness presented students from the School of Agriculture, Food and Environment (SAFE) with their degrees and addressed the Convocation.
HRH The Prince of Wales, who has been President of the 170 year old Royal Agricultural University since 1982, followed the academic procession into the church before presiding over the ceremony. After presenting students with their degrees, HRH addressed the Convocation and spoke of the challenges of feeding a growing global population sustainably, touching upon the responsibility of country stewards to protect our natural resources. After leading the procession out of the church, The Prince of Wales met some of the University’s students and staff.
RAU Principal, Professor Chris Gaskell, said: “It is a great honour that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales attended Convocation this year to award our degrees. This is the 30th year since we welcomed His Royal Highness, President of the RAU, on his first visit to the University, and it made a very special day for our students, and Cirencester, even more memorable.”
The RAU held three Convocation ceremonies for its four dedicated Schools. Students from the School of Agriculture, Food and Environment (SAFE) graduated on Thursday morning. The School of Real Estate and Land Management (RELM) graduated on Friday morning, followed by the School of Business and Entrepreneurship (SBE) and the School of Equine Management and Science (SEMS) on Friday afternoon.
Honorary Fellowships are awarded to people who have made significant contributions to those areas of life in which the University provides education and research. This year, Fellowships were awarded to Tim Lawson, FRICS, and Tim Hadaway. Lord Plumb was awarded the Bledisloe Medal, which recognises notable individuals who have made ‘outstanding services to agriculture’.
Cirencester Parish Church will provide the perfect backdrop for the traditional ceremonies. As a new University town, it’s fitting that the Convocation ceremonies are held in the heart of Cirencester.
Ranked third in the UK for employability, students graduating from the Royal Agricultural University benefit from impeccably high employment rates. 98% of undergraduates and 93% of postgraduates enter employment or further study within six months; the majority of whom (73%) secure more senior positions classed as ‘professional or managerial roles’. The University celebrated excellent results all round at Convocation 2015, with a significant number of first class degrees and postgraduate distinctions being awarded to RAU students.
HRH The Prince of Wales visited the University during National Countryside Week (18 – 26 July 2015), coordinated by The Prince’s Countryside Fund. In a foreword to a Countryside Matters supplement in The Telegraph on Saturday 18 July, HRH The Prince of Wales called on people to recognise the value of the countryside and the importance of rural communities.