UCLan Burnley Graduation Ceremony 2019

UCLan Burnley Graduation Ceremony 2019


Good afternoon and please be seated Ladies and gentlemen on behalf of the
University of Central Lancashire I’m delighted to warmly welcome you to this
graduation ceremony, and on this special day we are here to proudly celebrate the
achievements of our students, our graduands. I now call upon our Provost
Ebrahim Adia to deliver his address. Eminent guests, graduates and families,
colleagues and friends of UCLan good afternoon. It is with great pleasure
that I welcome you all to our graduation ceremony. Graduates, well done. You have
done it, and soon you will have a piece of paper to prove that you have really
done it. Once you get to be as old as I am you worry about forgetting things but
rest assured one thing you will never forget is this special day. A special day
because we are all creating a little bit of history as this is the first time
that UCLan has held its own graduation ceremony for its growing campus in
Burnley, and to give you the best send-off possible we’ve been able to
hold it in this amazing setting that is Townley Hall. We take great pride in each
of you and in your achievements. To get to where you are today has been a real
test of your stamina and determination. To succeed, you have demonstrated
dedication and commitment every step of the way and you have worked tirelessly
to get to this defining stage in your lives. Here at the University of Central
Lancashire we are proud of our mission of transforming lives. Founded in 1828 as
the ‘institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge’ we have created new
possibilities for many thousands of our graduates during our 191 year history. I
hope that we have helped to transform your lives and we have opened up new
worlds of possibilities by ensuring that you have the relevant knowledge, skills
and experiences to thrive whatever you decide to do next.
You leave us today with a higher level of confidence, determination and
compassion a greater sense of self and flexibility
of mind which will support you wherever you go, on whatever you do. And as you
make your way through the world, remind yourselves of the words of the famous
Brazilian footballer Pele who said: “Success is no accident, it is hard work,
perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, a love what you are
doing or learning to do.” I hope that you have made the most of every moment of
your time here at UCLan, but don’t rush through today – enjoy every last minute of
it, share special moments with your friends from here and from home and with
your families who have been on this journey of learning with you. So before
we celebrate your success, let’s have a round of applause for all those special
people who are celebrating here with you today your family, your friends and your
tutors APPLAUSE Now graduates, don’t worry, all the rest
of the applause will be just for you! And so we come to the bit you have all been
waiting for, the moment to cherish and to enjoy as you walk across the stage when
your name is called as a graduate and you leave the stage as a graduate of the
University, and as you get your degree and start life as one of our alumni
please stay in touch with us because you will always be part of the UCLan family. APPLAUSE Provost the presentation of graduands
and award holders will now take place. Provost on behalf the Academic Board I
present those who have gained awards in the Lancashire School of Business and
Enterprise. Provost, on behalf of the Academic Board
I present those who have gained awards in the School of
Social Work, Care and Community. Provost, on behalf of the Academic Board I present those
who’ve gained awards in the School of Community, Health and Midwifery. Provost, that concludes the presentation of awards. APPLAUSE Provost, the presentations are completed.
I now a now call upon Tony Attard, a prominent member of
the business community and honorary fellow of the University of Central
Lancashire to share some inspiring words with our graduates. Good afternoon. I’m sorry about my voice,
this is the problem with international travelling Good afternoon, Deans,
Provost, directors, teaching staff, parents guardians, graduates, students,
distinguished guests, counsellors, ladies and gentlemen I’d like to thank the
University for its kind invitation to address students today. I’m extremely
honored to be asked particularly as a newly elected fellow of this great
university. And this university is great it is a major source… I’m having a bit of
Theresa May moment! It is a major source of prosperity and
change in Lancashire. I have seen this august educational institution influence
the lives of so many people and many areas of our great county. It’s
truly led by inspirational and informed people that share a vision of Lancashire
that promotes prosperity through learning. This special place is
Lancashire through and through with over 50 percent of its students from
Lancashire, twenty-five percent of its students from the North West and 25
percent of its students from other parts of the UK, and overseas the university is
recognised globally with connections in many parts of the world, but this new
campus in Burnley is a brilliant step forward and demonstrates confidence in
the young people from the east of the county. I truly believe that education is
the key to unlock social mobility and as a boy who was initially educated in a
comprehensive school and the first person in my family to go to university
and who eventually became High Sheriff of Lancashire, an ancient position that
is over a thousand years old I am a living example of this. I have
lived in Lancashire since arriving to study at the University of Manchester in
1976 where I read textile design management. While there I was introduced
to my best friend’s sister who is a Lancastrian lass. We eventually got
married and have three boys all of whom have been educated in Lancashire and we
have made Lancashire our home, and as Chairman of Marketing Lancashire I guess
you can call me a born again Lancastrian. Although Lancashire is our home
my office is global. I have spent more times on planes that I have in my office
in Burnley. This access to international markets and travel has truly opened my
mind to the opportunity that it brings which is why I have personally been very
disappointed with the rise in political popularism that seems to promote
nationalism that is inward looking insular and protectionist. The sooner we
get this constitutional crisis out of the way and remove the economic
uncertainty the better it will be better for all of us. I subscribed to the Michio
Kaku the physicist who believes that ultimately we will never be really
civilized and live in harmony until we have up one global currency and one
global government, but that seems very very far away at this moment. My company
Panaz is based in Lancashire with a subsidiary in the USA, but we compete for
business in 60 countries. This means that we must be innovative and drive to be
the best in all that we do in order to win against global competition. I am very proud of our international
success and the relationships that we have built over the years, and we have
done this through creating a culture in our business that encourages continual
learning and promotes a meritocracy that recognises and rewards the best. That
culture has developed a powerful reason for people to stay with us in our
business in Lancashire to develop their skills and to achieve even more success.
But all of you in this room by virtue of the fact that you are receiving your
degrees will understand the merits of management and hard work and you should
all be very proud of yourselves because you’ve made a great step forward today.
You’re about to start a new chapter in your lives and if I may I’d like to give
you a few words that have helped me. Remember that Edison said:
“Genius is only 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” You could have one idea and
it could take you 30 years to fulfil it constancy of vision is very powerful. You
need to appreciate the power of networks meet people because it’s who you know as
well as what you know. Never be afraid to go over to somebody and say hello and
introduce yourself. Volunteer – not only does it give you a great sense of
well-being, but it gives you an opportunity to give back to society and
make the world a better place. Connect people if you know that they can
help each other. Enter awards – it will get you and your
organisation noticed locally nationally and sometimes internationally. If you’re
going for a meeting or an interview Google the people that you’re going to
meet, it’s a really great tool. Ask the company that you’re being interviewed by
what you can do for them not what they can do for you. Remember you’re not the
only ones that can see social media profile. Set yourself goals
and targets short and long-term – I have always had three year and five year
personal and corporate goals but be disciplined about it. To achieve your
true potential you must be disciplined in your thoughts and actions and always
say yes if you’re asked to do something opportunities will present themselves to
you – never be afraid to take them particularly if they are outside your
comfort zones. You never know you may become a High Sheriff one day. You are
about to embark on the toughest tasks of your lives but you are all individuals – be
ambitious and take advice from people that have been there and done it before
you. Ladies and gentlemen I would like to congratulate of course all the graduates
for attaining your degrees. It’s wonderful to acknowledge this moment in
the progress of your lives. Be good ambassadors for the University and keep
in touch with your alumni organisation. I would also like to congratulate the
parents and guardians for recognising the importance of education and the
sacrifices they have made to support you. And finally as Chairman of Marketing
Lancashire I’d like to tell you that our next goal to assist Lancashire is to
attain City of Culture for 2025 and if anybody’s got any ideas or would
like to support our bid in any way I would love to hear from you personally.
Thank you very much. APPLAUSE Thank you Tony for your inspirational
and encouraging thoughts and very wise words. I now call upon Sally Baber who
on behalf of Suntosh Kaur, President of the Students’ Union will respond in
support of the of the award holders. Hello everybody my name is Sally and I
am here to deliver a speech on behalf of Suntosh Kaur, President of the Students’
Union. But before I deliver her words can I just say how my eyes have been leaking
nobody told me to wear waterproof mascara today and and I’m just
absolutely honored beyond anything to be here today to share your day with you
and you will look fabulous okay so on with the speech! Firstly I would
like to take this opportunity to congratulate you all on this incredible
achievement – getting to this moment is not easy and no doubt a result of your
hard work determination and sacrifice so you all should be very proud of
yourselves. Coming to university for many students was never a dream and at times
I’m sure you may have questioned can I really finish this essay alongside doing
all the ordinary stuff like being a parent, a carer, having a full-time job, a
part-time job making ends meet – well you did! You got that essay in, well done!
Today you’ve proven that you can do it so well done.
Studying is only one part of the university experience and you’ve all had
the opportunity to make lifelong friends unforgettable memories and have
experiences which makes each of your graduations unique and special, so I want
you to remember that feeling that you had when you walked on this stage, that
feeling of pride that feeling of wow this is really happening, and I want you
to take that with you in whatever you do and wherever you go
remember that feeling that you’ve had today, don’t wait for opportunities and
experiences to find you, instead use the determination and passion that you have
shown during your time at university to seek out your future. As graduates of the
University of Central Lancashire, each of you strengthens the universities
worldwide alumni network. Today’s award is a landmark in both your personal and
professional development and a stepping stone to your success. I understand that
the graduate world at this moment may seem a scary place and you may feel that
you’re heading towards a place of uncertainty and that’s okay – no one really
knows what they’re doing, okay? No one knows for sure, so it’s fine to
feel unsure. Graduates, I want you to have patience and compassion for yourselves. I
want you to remember that life is not a race and that you, and only you have the
power to dictate your life. The most important thing to remember
is you’ve made it this far, there’s no stopping you now so please never give up.
Last but not least I’d like to thank all the families, friends, the university, the
union for all their support guidance and encouragement that they’ve given
graduates. Will you please join me in saying thank you Class of 2019 with all
my heart I wish each and every one of you all the very best for your future –
I know it was going to come off! Enjoy your day create memories, you will remember this
day for the rest of your life celebrate because you truly deserve it.
Well done! APPLAUSE Thank You Sally… how do I follow?!
Luckily we’re going to follow together. Today of course is a day
of great celebration for everyone here and we need to celebrate in an
appropriate way. Family and friends and yourself there is
a great photographic video opportunity coming up so you might like to have your
camera’s ready. So can I please ask all of the graduates to stand and
take off your mortar boards, we can do a Sally… although yours has not been as
wobbly as Sally’s was! So if we all stand up all graduates stand up, take your mortar
boards off and in a moment do face your families if you would like to that’s
that’s okay I’m going to ask you to wave your mortarboard and as is the
tradition at UCLan you must wave your mortarboard as vigorous as the
achievements that you have had today but you must keep a tight hold of your
mortarboard Why? Because it is now yours to keep and
to take home. So on a count of three I want you to wave your mortarboards in
the air give a hearty cheer and then we will all
follow with the further three cheers Are you guys ready?
Okay after three one, two, three! HIP PIP… HOORAY! HIP PIP… HOORAY!
HIP PIP… HOORAY! APPLAUSE That looks really good
you’re gonna have some really good photos to look at later. So as we bring
this ceremony to a close I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in
making today such a happy a memorable occasion, and thank you all for coming
and sharing this special day with our university community. The platform party
will now be going into the Great Hall and we would like you graduates first to
follow us into the Great Hall and then for guests ladies and gentlemen to then
also follow in a train like manner where we will we will gather in the Great Hall
for ongoing refreshments and celebrations. Thank you very much. APPLAUSE

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