From the Archive: fond memories of graduation

This week the latest round of City, University of London Graduation Ceremonies has been taking place at the Barbican Centre with students from all five schools marking the successful completion of their courses.  These ceremonies are steeped in tradition and date back a long way, as this programme from 1899 shows.

 Programme, Northampton Institute Presentation of Certificates and Prizes from Friday 8th December 1899

Red and Yellow PhD graduation robes front

All staff (your lecturers attending to award your certificate as well as others who will lead the procession into the hall) and students will all be wearing academic dress.  For students this will show the level they have attained (see this guide on the City website) and are in the University’s colours of red and gold, which were approved in 1966 after the institution received its Royal Charter and became a University– the robes pictured above are for those who have been awarded a PhD, of which there will be many including Ludi Price, who wrote about fan communities, and will received her degree this afternoon (Well done, Ludi!).  While the photo below is the one undergraduates will be wearing (there will be many more of these!).
City Bachelor graduation robes black robe with red and yellow hood, back view.
The ceremonies will take place at the Barbican Centre but have not always done.  They may well have started life in the Great Hall here in the College Building but, by 1966, as this picture shows, they were held at the Guildhall in the City of London. 
Programme The City University Graduation Day Service in the Guild Church of St. Lawrence Jewry Next Guildhall at 11.15 a.m 5th December, 1966
We hope everyone graduating enjoys their big moment walking across the stage – this is what it has all been for!  I know I enjoyed my own moment in July 2016 when my Dissertation Supervisor and course leader called out my name and I set forth into the future.  This was me outside the Barbican before the ceremony:
James Atkinson graduating at the Barbican
Congratulations everyone!
James Atkinson, CityLibrary

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