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Students celebrate graduation from Buckinghamshire New University
2:20pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
HUNDREDS of students donned their gowns and mortarboards to celebrate their graduation from Buckinghamshire New University this week.
About 1,700 students and a selection of distinguished individuals from fields including nursing, music and business were honoured during BNU’s Graduation Week at the Wycombe Swan Theatre.
High Wycombe music legend, Peter Goodwin, 87, has been bestowed with the status of Honorary Fellow in recognition of his enthusiasm and dedication to the music scene for more than sixty years.
The former Director of Music at what-was-then High Wycombe College of Further Education, now BNU, said: “I am very flattered and in a way thrilled that now, in my 88th year, the work I did simply because I wanted to do, has been so unexpectedly recognised."
Pauline Odulinski OBE, the recently-retired Principal and Chief Executive of Aylesbury College, BNU’s federal partner, received an Honorary Fellowship.
It is recognition of her role at the College and her strong commitment to the University’s Council. She was awarded an OBE for services to Further Education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Paul Whiting, Head of Global Sales for audio equipment manufacturer Sennheiser UK, which has its offices in Marlow, was among other figures recognised.
He received an Honorary Doctorate for the huge contribution he and the music firm made to BNU’s School of Applied Production & New Media. Professor Cathy Warwick CBE, General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), received an Honorary Doctorate.
Prior to joining the RCM, she was Director of Midwifery and General Manager for Women & Children’s Services at King College Hospital.
She has been Chair of the Midwifery Committee at the Nursing and Midwifery Council. In 2006, Mrs Warwick received a CBE for Services to Healthcare.
Other recipients included leading furniture craftsman and owner of Isokon Plus, Chris McCourt, and former international athlete and Chief Executive of the Wembley Stadium Complex, David Griffiths.
Serene Lewis, of Perth Road, High Wycombe, gained a degree in BA (Hons) Event and Festival Management.
She said: “The atmosphere was amazing and it was an exciting day. Following all the hard work it made everything real and it was fantastic to be able to look at my degree certificate and reflect on what I have achieved. I feel very proud.”
Our 12-page graduation supplement will be free with the BFP on September 27.