Thank you for making graduation possible

Email to all staff from Professor Simone Buitendijk, Vice-Chancellor and President, on 1 August.

Dear colleague,

Having just concluded two weeks of graduation celebrations on campus, I am once again so proud to be a part of our amazing University community. 

Despite the challenges our students have faced in their time with us, they have displayed resilience and adaptability and the atmosphere on campus was wonderful.

I wanted to take a moment to thank and celebrate each and every one of you. From the moment a student joins us, we work together as a community to help them to thrive at Leeds and beyond and of course this relationship doesn’t end at graduation, as they continue their lifelong Leeds journey as part of our global alumni family. 

Every member of staff plays an essential role in this journey, and the collaboration and commitment that I see across our institution, to ensure that each student gets the chance to walk across the stage, fills me with such pride and gratitude. 

I know that a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication goes into the planning of graduation and that many colleagues volunteer their time to ensure the smooth running of our ceremonies. I cannot thank each of you enough for preparing our students ahead of such a significant moment in their lives and helping to celebrate their well-earned achievements. 

The smiles, and cheers of joy from students, their friends and relations in the Great Hall over the last fortnight, are all thanks to you and serve as a lovely reminder of why we are here, driving student success and making Leeds a great place to study. 

With best wishes,  

Professor Simone Buitendijk 
Vice-Chancellor and President 

Graduation highlights

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