Record number of students graduate from the Norwich University of the Arts
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A record number of students will this week graduate from the Norwich University of the Arts.
For the first time, the university will hold its degree ceremonies over two days, to cope with the growth in the number of graduates.
About 570 students will graduate with degrees in the arts, design and media today and tomorrow, receiving their awards from the university's chancellor, the Oscar-nominated actor Sir John Hurt, at St Andrew's Hall.
Sir John said: 'Congratulations today to all graduating students who have each earned their degrees through sheer hard work, ambition, passion and above all incredible creativity. Their time at Norwich University of the Arts has provided them with the very best preparation for entering the exciting world of the creative industries.'
Those being honoured include those who have completed their studies in fine art, graphic design, architecture, textiles, fashion, film and animation and photography.
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The four ceremonies will include four honorary doctorates: Brett Rogers, a leading figure in British photography; Orla Kiely, an internationally-acclaimed textile designer and creator of the global brand Kiely Rowan; Phil Carter, an international award-winning graphic designer, and the Rt Rev Graham James, Bishop of Norwich, who last year received an honorary degree from the UEA.
Postgraduate students who completed their Masters degrees in 2015 will also collect their certificates in the ceremonies.
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Professor John Last, vice-chancellor of NUA, says: 'We're all here today to celebrate the dedication and accomplishments of our graduates as they advance into the next phase of their lives, be it entering employment or continuing into postgraduate education.
'We know many will go on to achieve positions of influence within the creative industries and hope they will draw their final piece of inspiration from the illustrious careers of the honorary doctors.'
See tomorrow's newspaper for a list of students graduating at Wednesday's ceremonies.
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