Graduates help Falmouth University make history

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History was made in Cornwall with the first full university graduates from within the county receiving their degrees.

Over 1,200 undergraduates, postgraduates and research students from Falmouth University joined their peers, family and friends to celebrate their examination success. Ten graduation ceremonies were held at the Princess Pavilion in Falmouth over five days.

The university's vice-chancellor and CEO, Professor Anne Carlisle, told them: “On behalf of Falmouth University I would like to say congratulations on your achievement and thanks to your friends and family who have supported you along the way.

“Whatever you do next, your degree from Falmouth will be a major asset. We hope that the Falmouth experience is now embedded within your DNA and that you leave us equipped to face the challenges and seize the opportunities that stretch before you.”

Lead by Falmouth and Penryn mace bearers, academic staff and dignitaries were joined at the graduation ceremonies by nine of Falmouth's 2013 honorary fellows, all ambassadors of modern culture in their own right.

President of Island Records and honorary fellow of music, Darcus Beese, shared insights gained while signing the likes of Amy Winehouse, Florence and the Machine and Mumford and Sons to the internationally renowned label.

Honorary fellow of film, Mary Burke, represented British cinema in her capacity as producer at Warp X and Warp - a role which has seen her responsible for producing some seminal pieces of modern cinema including the Shane Meadows' films Dead Man's Shoes, This is England, and Olly Blackburn's Donkey Punch.

Meanwhile, assistant editor at BBC Cornwall and Deputy Lieutenant for Cornwall, Daphne Skinnard was recognised for her outstanding contribution to broadcasting; Philip Blenkinsop, international conflict photographer, received an honorary fellowship for his on-going commitment to photojournalism and author Philip Marsden provided reflections from the literary arena in his capacity as Honorary Fellow of Writing.

Professor Jane Rapley, an icon of fashion and textile design, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and Dean of Central St Martin's College of Art and Design, shared invaluable commentary, while also representing design, Bruce Duckworth of the brand design agency Turner Duckworth, shared insights into his international career.

Finally, contemporary visual artist Tim Shaw was recognised for his outstanding contribution to sculpture and longstanding illustrator and cartoonist Posy Simmonds was granted her second fellowship after joining the Royal Society of Literature in 2005.

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