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Summer graduation

Published 19 July 2012

Graduating students at this year's University of Brighton's summer award ceremonies will share the stage with nine honorary graduates including Jonny Ball, the man who taught millions to ‘think of a number’, and Harvey Goldsmith, the legendary rock impresario.

Find out more about our honorary graduates.

More than 5,000 University of Brighton students – a record number – will graduate this July at the Brighton Dome. Every success tells a story and here are just some of our tales...

Thanks to a three-month placement with the London 2012 Organising Committee, Alex Botting, who will graduate in sport and leisure management, has been at the heart of the Olympic preparations. She has attended Parliament, helped set up test events and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Lord Coe…

Alex Botting

Alex Botting

Reporting on the Games will be four sport journalism students, Tommy Curran, Chad Nugent, Sunni Upal and Jon Vale. They have been hired by the 2012 organisers to supply news stories and interviews during the Olympics and Paralympics.

Sports journalism students

Sunni Upal, Chad Nugent, Tommy Curran and Jon Vale.

Product design student, Tobias Rush, has won the PUMA Sustainable Design Challenge run in association with the University of Brighton. His Heel-less Sprint Shoe was chosen from six finalists who were all praised for their innovative, unexpected and challenging ideas.

Finally, TV Production student Luke Fuller has, according to his tutor, Jo MacDonnell, shown “an absolute dedication and commitment to a career in television”. Luke, a student local to the university’s Hastings campus, took part in Brighton’s Aimhigher Programme, which increases access to higher education. As part of his degree he has worked on a number of Channel 5 programmes and has now secured a coveted six-month internship with RDF television after which he will become a junior researcher.

The new graduates will collect their awards from the university's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Julian Crampton, and the chairman of the Board of Governors, Lord Mogg.

Professor Crampton said: "Award ceremonies are very special days for the university. I am struck by the wealth of talent and the sense of community which exists at the university.

"Universities are about people and it is the students and staff who make these ceremonies possible. For staff, this is a high point of the academic year – for graduates, it is a significant milestone. I would like to offer all the students my warmest congratulations."

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