GCU celebrates summer graduations at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

28 June 2016

GCU celebrates summer graduations at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Students from the University’s Glasgow School for Business and Society today (June 28) celebrated their summer graduations in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, with two distinguished guests.

The graduands were capped by University Chancellor Professor Muhammad Yunus, who delivered the Opening Address.

Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, was commended with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science for his contribution to action on dementia. The GCU MBA graduate has significantly influenced the development and implementation of Scotland’s National Dementia Strategies.

Mr Simmons said: “Glasgow Caledonian University is very close to my heart, the values and principles of this University and its belief in the common good drew me here to study for my MBA. Few other institutions offered an MBA programme that had at its heart a social conscience and an understanding of the relevance and importance of the third sector, a sector that I have been fortunate enough to work in since the early 90s.

He told graduates: “The skills, tools and values that I learned here in my MBA have guided me along this path, they are my compass and I use them every day. You now have your own compass. In your hands, your head and your heart you hold that gift.”

Scott Taylor is the former Glasgow City Marketing Bureau Chief Executive, who led the development of the City’s brand People Make Glasgow and during his tenure helped secure major events including the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, MTV Europe Music Awards, and over 3500 conferences to the city. He is an ambassador for the Glasgow Children’s Hospital charity. He was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration.

Mr Taylor said: “People Make Glasgow became the mantra for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and was seen and heard by more than a billion people. Now, Glasgow has shaken off its image as a place of terminal industrial decline and as a no mean city.

“Visitors are coming in record numbers and the tourism industry now employs 32,000 people – more than at the heyday of our shipbuilding past. So, finally, today, you will become graduates of Glasgow Caledonian University, and you’ll also be become graduates of the City of Glasgow.”

There are four graduation ceremonies taking place this week for students graduating from the University’s Glasgow School for Business and Society; School of Engineering and Built Environment, and the School of Health and Life Sciences.