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UCL welcomes over 15,000 new graduates to the alumni community

10 September 2019

We celebrate the achievements of the latest group of graduates and welcome 11 new UCL Honorary Degrees and Honorary Fellows into our alumni community.

alumni throwing graduation caps in the air

This week, we watched the last group of students walk across the stage to receive their degrees at the 2019 UCL graduations in London. 

The September ceremonies were the final round of graduations held at Royal Festival Hall, with celebrations also taking place in July and August.

In addition to the graduates, we were delighted to award 11 UCL Honorary Degrees and Honorary Fellowships, and welcome the recipients to our vibrant alumni community. We recognised the following individuals for their exceptional scholarly or intellectual achievement and contributions to their profession, public life and UCL.

Honorary Fellowship:

  • Reeta Chakrabarti – BBC journalist, newsreader and correspondent
  • Caroline Ellis (UCL Anthropology 1992) – Director of Deeds and Words, and equality, diversity and inclusion advocate
  • Lucy Heller – CEO of ARK, an international charity, transforming lives through education
  • Dame Vivian Hunt DBE – Managing Partner for McKinsey & Company in UK and Ireland
  • Steven Knight (UCL English 1980) – screenwriter and director of award-winning films and television series
  • Angelina Lee (UCL Laws 1970) – Solicitor and Senior Partner at Woo Kwan Lee & Lo
  • Hilary Sears (UCL Economics 1968) – Chair of King’s College Hospital Charity

Honorary Degree:

  • Professor Victor Hoffbrand  – Emeritus Professor of Haematology at UCL
  • Cees Nooteboom – Dutch novelist, poet and journalist
  • Professor Robert Putnam – U.S. political scientist and Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government
  • Patricia Scotland (UCL Laws 1976) – Baroness Scotland of Asthal PC QC

Steve Knight and colleagues at September graduations

An enormous thank you to our inspirational alumni speakers – include the above award recipients – who spoke at graduation 2019. The advice they shared about what wish they had told on their graduation day was inspirational to students, staff, families and friends alike across the ceremonies.

New Honorary Fellow Caroline Ellis said during her address: “I looked to anthropology to inform my three pieces of advice… who we are matters, value questioning the questions, and strive to live up to your values and beliefs”.

Upcoming ceremonies

UCL graduations continue at the annual Beijing ceremony, this year on 30 November.

Pictured above from, left to right: Cees Nooteboom, UCL President and Provost Professor Michael Arthur and Steven Knight