GSBS students celebrate graduations with leading figures

24 November 2015

Students from GCU’s Glasgow School for Business and Society are today (November 24) celebrating their graduations, the first of three winter ceremonies held at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Following an opening address from Chair of Court Mrs Hazel Brooke MBE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE capped the graduands and conferred awards in programmes including Human Resource Management, Television Fiction Writing, International Business Management, International Tourism Management and Social Business and Microfinance.

The University has also honoured three leading figures in recognition of their achievements in business and pastoral relations.

Amanda McMillan OBE, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, received an Honorary Degree of Business Administration in recognition of her exceptional leadership skills and business expertise, together with her contribution as a chamber director with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and a non-executive director at Business Stream, a subsidiary of Scottish Power.

Reverend Dr Laurence AB Whitley, Minister of Glasgow Cathedral, received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his continued support of the City of Glasgow as Minister of Glasgow Cathedral, together with his contribution to the ecumenical life of the city.

Antony Brian received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his outstanding commitment and contribution to the University in his role as Chair of Court from 2011 to February 2015, together with his work as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee, as well as Chair of the Membership Committee and as a member of the Remuneration Committee.

The Honorary Graduates praised GCU’s graduates for their achievements, each providing some inspirational words.

Mrs McMillan said: "The challenge is to keep pushing yourself. Don't settle, try new things until you find that thing you love. Keep looking until you find it in a place that loves you, where you feel comfortable being yourself. You can be highly professional but you can still have fun. I hope life brings you everything you dream of today."

Students from GCU's School of Health and Life Sciences and School of Engineering and Built Environment will graduate tomorrow (November 25).