Graduation Ceremony – Friday 25 Nov 2016

28 Nov 2016

Friday 25th Nov 2016 marked the occasion of LSBM’s largest ever graduation ceremony, with 308 graduates being celebrated for their achievements.

Students graduated from the following courses:

HND Business
LLB (Hons) Law
BA (Hons) Business and Management (Top-up)
BA (Hons) Business Computing Systems (Top-up)

The event was set to the magnificent art-deco backdrop of Senate House, with the subdued lighting adding a touch more class to an already classy occasion. The filled room of hundreds of friends and family watched the procession of academics to the rousing classical overtones of Zadok the Priest (which you can hear on YouTube here), and Master of Ceremonies, Patricia Walker BA (Hons), stepped forward to introduce the proceedings and welcome everyone to the graduation ceremony, commenting:

‘Every year the number of students graduating with degrees and diplomas here increases. Not only do the numbers increase, but the scores achieved in these qualifications rises also.’

Patricia then went on to highlight the hard work that students had demonstrated, as well as the high levels of care and nurture that staff at LSBM consistently show towards our students, great teaching and the world-class resources that LSBM commits to make sure that students have the best possible chance of success.

Then the students who had received an HND in Business were called forward to receive their Diploma’s from the Academic Principal, John Fairhurst (pictured above), BA PgDip MPhil MBA Solicitor SFHEA.

 Student President, Julian Owusu, then stepped forward to deliver a message on behalf of himself and the Student Guild, including this touching testimonial:

‘There is something about being at LSBM which is hard to articulate. It is something that is often felt rather than articulated in speech. It is the feeling that we are part of something special, being led by people who have our best interests at heart. Every year new standards are set, and LSBM graduates, by their success, have played their part in setting those new standards. The student body thanks you for that.’

This was then followed by the awarding of degrees, where friends and family could proudly look on and clap loudly at the final confirmation of their loved one’s achievement, and the students themselves could finally enjoy and appreciate the extent of the academic journey that they had successfully completed.

The commencement address for the event was then delivered by Dr Claire Bright LLB (Hons) MA LLM PhD FHEA, who spoke about taking the next steps after graduation, and about the value of diversity and the role that could play in assisting the attainment of those dreams:

‘If you are from a different background. If English is not your native language, it means that you know different cultures. It means you can speak another language and this is a great strength that any good employer will know.

If you are a mature student it means you will have acquired a wealth of experience along the way and with that many key employability skills.

If you are a woman and both want to work and have a family, then people will tell you that you can’t have it all. Well, don’t listen to them. Being a working mum requires serious organisational and multi-tasking skills that any good employer will value.

And perhaps more importantly, don’t be your worst enemy.

Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams and make them happen.’


The formal part of the graduation was finally brought to a close by Master of Ceremonies, Patricia Walker and the final Academic Procession, and continued on afterwards as the graduates took photographs in their gowns and finery, and enjoyed some well-earned refreshments in the foyer.

We would like to thanks everyone who took part, especially the students and their families, the fine folks working at Senate House, the academics and the speakers.

We also hope very much that our alumni will stay in touch with LSBM, and would encourage any graduates who need assistance with employability to please contact the Student Engagement and Success team at

We are already looking forward to next year’s event and wish our new graduates all the very best for the future!

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