17 May 2011
Graduation is one of my favourite events in the College calendar – whether it’s raining or sunny, the optimism of the robed-up students and their beaming friends and family is contagious. After the morning ceremony on 4 May I was tasked with capturing the feelings of graduates on leaving the College. While conducting video interviews over the clinking of champagne glasses, whoops and Queen’s Tower bells was a challenge, it was a chance to chat to the students about what it meant to be part of Imperial. I spoke to Tom Quick who did a PhD in Environmental Technologies and was keen to keep in touch with his inspirational supervisor. I was also warmed by the words of Yousif Mohammed (Business School) who described the students in his class as the best friends he’d ever made, and said he looked forward to maintaining these friendships. It reminded me that while we sometimes view graduation as the end of students’ relationship with the College, the links they make here continue long after they have completed their studies as they join the alumni community.
— Emily Ross, Editor