Glasgow School for Business and Society students celebrate Summer Graduations

01 July 2015

Glasgow School for Business and Society students celebrate Summer Graduations

Students from Glasgow School for Business and Society graduated today

Over a thousand students from Glasgow Caledonian University’s Glasgow School for Business and Society have graduated in two summer celebration ceremonies held in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall today.

The graduands - from areas of study such as Business, Social Sciences, Multimedia Journalism and International Fashion Branding - were capped by University Chancellor Professor Muhammad Yunus, who delivered the Opening Address.

Professor Yunus said: “Make all impossibles possible and create a world where there is no poverty, no unemployment and no global warming.”

They were joined by Dr Kerry Kennedy, who was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE for her devotion to the pursuit of equal justice, the promotion and protection of basic rights, and the preservation of the rule of law.

Dr Kennedy, the president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, started working in human rights in 1981, when she investigated abuses committed by American immigration officials against refugees from El Salvador.

She has worked on a range of issues, including children’s rights, child labour, disappearances, indigenous land rights, judicial independence, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, impunity and the environment.

Receiving her Honorary Degree, Dr Kennedy highlighted that people have fought for human rights with nothing beyond their own determination.

“Individuals created change. They harnessed the dream of freedom and made it come true. And their efforts created a ripple effect, encouraging others, building a tidal wave which swept down some of the mightiest walls of repression.”

Her Excellency Dr Rawya Saud AlBusaidi was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws in recognition of her significant contribution to the development of education. She was the first woman in the Sultanate of Oman to be appointed to full ministerial rank.

Students from the School of Health and Life Sciences and the School of Engineering and the Built Environment will graduate in ceremonies taking place tomorrow (July 2).