Students from all three journalism courses at Liverpool John Moores University enjoyed their graduation ceremony at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral on Tuesday.
Graduates from the Journalism, International Journalism and Journalism and Digital Cultures programmes, who received their final marks last month, took to the stage to collect their degree from university Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Brown, in front of friends, family and lecturers.
Having arrived at the ceremony alongside other students
from Liverpool Screen School, the class of 2011 donned
traditional caps and gowns as they celebrated the
culmination of three years' hard work.
Professor Brown, who is to retire from his post at the
university next month, shook hands with each of the
graduates as they did their best to hide any nerves in front
of the packed cathedral hall.
Two honorary degrees were also handed out during the
ceremony as the university recognised both CEO of
Merseytravel Neil Scales and actor Paul Barber, best known
for his role as 'Denzil' in award-winning sitcom 'Only Fools
and Horses'. Barber earned a standing ovation after an
emotional acceptance speech.
Following the service, students posed for photograhs in
the cathedral grounds before making their way over to the
Dean Walters building, where families were able to meet
the course tutors as well as other parents while the
graduates spoke of their time on the three-year course.
A number of special awards were also handed out to recognise the achievements of some students before the class of 2011 left to celebrate with their guests in the city centre, all looking towards and hoping for a happy and successful switch into the world of work.
By Jonathan Birchall, Website Producer
Proud graduates celebrate after the ceremony at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral (Pictures: Liam Deveney)