Yesterday saw Southampton Guildhall Square filled with folk in funny hats and billowing gowns for the graduation ceremony of the School of Media Arts and Technology. After a foreword by Vice Chancellor Graham Baldwin, students were presented for admission by our Chancellor Admiral the Right Honourable Lord West of Spithead.
Media Technology students were admitted for degrees in BSc (Hons) Broadcast Systems Engineering, BSc (Hons) Television Production Technology, BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering and BSc (Hons) Live Sound Technology. Congratulations to all of you on your achievements. A higher education degree reflects a high level of independence and resilience as well as subject specialism. Many of you have overcome substantial obstacles at some point during your time here and every one of you is to be commended on your determination and stamina. We hope you leave with not just knowledge and experience but also the confidence to achieve your potential and to live your aspirations.
Further congratulations to recipients of additional awards:
- Ed Lawrence and Ben Gould for the Ellucian Prize
- Ed Lawrence for the Ed Boyce Memorial Fund Prize
- Oskar Przybylski for the KP Acoustics Prize
- Harry Wickings for the Christie Digital Prize
The ceremony was closed with some sage words from the Chancellor and Maggie Philbin. Maggie was also awarded an honorary doctorate in technology for her work promoting technology and STEM subjects through her broadcasting career and numerous outreach projects.
The day was a fantastic celebration of several years of toil and development. It was great for the course team to see the students officially recognised and of course to meet some of their parents. It was also wonderful to learn that so many of the third years have already accepted job offers and that several are even already in post.
Please do stay in touch. Students and Graduates are encouraged to join the Media Technology Facebook Private Group – email a member of the course team to be invited. Let us know what you get up to and feel free to drop in if you find yourself back in Southampton. The Media Technology Programme thrives from industry engagement and you are now the next generation of engineers and technicians. Once more; congratulations.