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Smiles and tears all around at Bishop Grosseteste graduation ceremony

Lincoln Cathedral provided a great backdrop for those graduating from Bishop Grosseteste University College on July 18.

Over 1,000 students graduated from the university at three ceremonies throughout the day.

Three honorary graduates also attended the event. They were TV historian Ruth Goodman, former Chief Executive of the General Teaching Council Keith Bartley and Professor Iram Siraj-Blatchford, Professor of Education at the Institute of Education.

Exceptional students

Among all the hard working students graduating one the day, three in particular stood out from the crowd.

Ian Bennett (22), from Grimbsy, will become the first student and the youngest person ever to be awarded a Life Fellowship by Bishop Grosseteste University College next week.

Bennett will receive a first class honours degree in Education Studies and Geography.

He is a student governor at BG, a student ambassador and a student chaplaincy worker.

Meanwhile, Suzi Bowden (21), from Buntingford, is well commended due to the community choir she set up herself — which now has 40 members.

She came up with creating the Lincoln Community Charity Choir while in her final year of studying Education Studies and Music, where she has received a first class honours.

The choir raises money for charity, and performs (and rehearses!) on a regular basis.

Finally, three Brazilian teachers graduated with a Master’s in Education from Bishop Grosseteste University College.

Ana Lucia Barone, Ana Lucia Augusto and Beatriz Sena work at the British School in Rio de Janeiro, which has sent 70 teachers on study visits at the college for the last 10 years.

The trio however have become the first teachers from Rio to continue their studies through distance learning and complete an MA in Education at BG.

To see how things went, see the gallery below.

Photos: Josh Potter for The Lincolnite