GCU London students celebrate summer graduation

03 July 2014

The graduation ceremony followed a colourful piper-led academic procession

The graduation ceremony followed a colourful piper-led academic procession

GCU London held its summer graduation ceremony on Wednesday, July 2.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE congratulated graduates from across GCU's three academic schools at the ceremony in Christ Church, Spitalfields. It followed a colourful piper-led academic procession from the campus in Fashion Street, a University tradition established at GCU London's first graduation ceremony in 2011. 

The graduates were joined by GQ editor Dylan Jones OBE, who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award and appointed an Honorary Professor of GCU, and Alumni Achievement Award winner Dr Jaswant Hayre, Managing Director at The Bank of New York Mellon.

Professor Christopher Moore, Assistant Vice-Principal and Director of GCU's British School of Fashion, described Professor Jones as an icon of British journalism and the fashion industry.

GQ editor for the past 15 years, he has won the British Society of Magazine Editors' Editor of the Year award an unprecedented nine times. He is also an accomplished author and chairman of London Collections: Men.

In his address to students, Professor Jones spoke about his start in the industry, which began in the 1980s when he joined the editorial team at i-D magazine. His career has also taken him to publications including The Face, Arena, The Observer and the Sunday Times.

"To be successful, you have to work harder than you ever imagined working in your entire life. And you have to be lucky. We can't teach you how to be lucky but we can teach you how to work hard," said Professor Jones.

"The world will always need experts and the future is as likely to be in this room as anywhere else in the world. I feel privileged to receive this honour, especially as GCU has an international reputation."

Professor John Wilson, Executive Dean of Glasgow School for Business and Society, spoke of the University's pride in Dr Jaswant Hayre, a graduate of 1990. Professor Wilson also paid tribute to Dr Jaswant's support for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund and his work to help terminally-ill children.

In his address to students, Dr Hayre advised them to seize every opportunity. 

"GCU has given you a foundation on which to build. Use it well and use it effectively," he told them.

"Try to go that extra mile with everything that you do. Problems do frequently present opportunities so keep an open and inquiring mind."

 - Dr Jaswant Hayre with his Alumni Achievement Award