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Fellow alumni congratulate latest UCL graduates

3 July 2019

Across the first week of July, thousands of UCL students graduated in ceremonies held at Royal Festival Hall.

UCL Graduation 2019

Whether it was five decades ago or just last year, graduation day often remains one of our proudest moments. So, it should come as no surprise that UCL is incredibly proud to welcome the latest group of UCL graduates to our alumni family. 

Students, staff and families gathered at the iconic Royal Festival Hall to kick off the first graduation ceremonies this year. 

It was an honour to hear the UCL alumni who graciously spoke at the ceremonies, sharing stories of their time at UCL, gifting graduates with advice on life after leaving university and stressing the importance of staying in touch with UCL and other alumni.

“I wish this year’s graduates the best of luck in applying these skills, both to further themselves and inspire others in the process. The alumni network is always ready to support you, so take advantage of every opportunity to stamp your unique impact on the world,” said Erman Misirlisoy (PhD Cognitive Neuroscience, 2015), who flew from Washington DC to speak at the post-graduate Life and Medical Sciences graduation. 

The youngest speaker at this year’s graduation was Ryan Li, who graduated with a BA in History, Politics and Economics in 2018. We spoke with Ryan about his latest initiative the Sino British Summit which he launched while at UCL. 

Ryan offered this advice during his address: “What has gotten me this far is that I don’t mind asking for help from people in higher places. By just being willing to reach out, take a chance and talk to people - asking for help and their ideas - it could be the start of something big.”

While alumna and radio host Jessica Curry (BA English, 1994) went on fast-tracked tour of all the things she wished she’d known when she left UCL – from the best biscuits to where she stands on climate change, tackling bullies with unrelenting kindness to learning to accept failure, even if it’s failing at a job at Dunkin Donuts.

“It is totally ok if you don’t yet know what you want to do with your lives. I left UCL with literally no clue what I wanted to be. A low point soon after graduation was being rejected for a server position at Dunkin Donuts – a fact my friends and family won’t ever let me forget!

“When I called my Aunt to let her know I had won a BAFTA she responded saying ‘yes, but you still didn’t get that job at Dunkin Donuts’. So, don’t panic if you not there yet – you have time."

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Graduates join a 160,000-strong alumni community.

Find your local group or join us online at uclalumnicommunity.org to network with fellow UCL graduates across the globe.