GCU London Graduates Celebrate in Style

20 June 2013

Professor Ray Kelvin CBE receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Ray Kelvin CBE receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Graduates celebrated their academic success with Ted Baker founder, Professor Ray Kelvin CBE, who was presented with a Business Lifetime Achievement Award and Honorary Professorship by GCU London at its summer graduation ceremony in the city.

Professor Kelvin joined GCU Principal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Pamela Gillies CBE, VIP guests and members of the academic staff and graduates in a piper-led procession from the GCU London campus in Fashion Street to Christ Church, Spitalfields, for the graduation ceremony.

His address to the new graduates, included the inspirational success story of building the Ted Baker brand. From a humble one-store beginning in Glasgow 25 years ago, Professor Kelvin explained how he had nurtured the growth of Ted Baker to ensure it retained its individuality, quality and character while sustaining its place on the international business stage.

Ted Baker is now one of the world’s biggest fashion and lifestyle brands. In 1997, the company floated on the London Stock Exchange with a turnover of £14million. Sixteen years on, the business is a global brand with 2180 employees in 17 countries and a turnover of £245.5million.

On receiving his lifetime achievement award Professor Kelvin said: ‘It is a great honour to receive this award and to be appointed an Honorary Professor of GCU. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the graduation celebrations at GCU London - we all had a fantastic time and I very much enjoyed meeting so many of the graduates and their proud families.’

Degrees were conferred on graduates from courses including International Fashion Marketing; Luxury Brand Marketing; Banking, Finance, and Risk; and International Project Management, and the graduates were joined by family and friends at a post-ceremony reception at the GCU London campus.

VIP guests at the ceremony and reception included respected honorary graduates of GCU.

Among the graduates were seven recipients of prestigious scholarships by leading fashion retailer AllSaints to study on GCU London’s critically acclaimed International Fashion Marketing course.

Professor Pamela Gillies CBE, said: “I’m delighted to see so many graduates here today, celebrating their successes over the past year. They have worked exceptionally hard to get to this place and I’m very proud of each and every one of them. I wish our graduates a lifetime of success and am glad that GCU London has been able to play such an important role in their futures.”

The event was the first of GCU London’s two annual graduation ceremonies this year.