School of Health Sciences and Social Work

School of Health Sciences and Social Work



you you you you you welcome ladies and gentlemen to the University of Portsmouth graduation ceremony this is a day of celebration for us all before the ceremony begins we would like to share a short video highlights of some of your university achievements that make us proud [Applause] societies nervous relief adventurous my very first day at Portsmouth there was a mixture of trepidation I was moving away from home for the first time it was quite daunting had been in a place with that many people but in that soon flipped around because realized everyone was getting you up my fondest memories of my time at Portsmouth have been the friendships that I've made and also just being inspired in the lectures it was so exciting to be at uni and be straightaway in like a live broadcast environment and that first initial memories has sort of sparked something that I hope you look into new freshmen ah I learned to be independent here I learnt to push through any challenges and barriers but I had it's definitely made me a confident young lady that can go forward now and I wouldn't really hesitate to take on anything in life my studied a geography degree with which on the face of it doesn't see where that would be applicable is about the skillsets and how that set me up for a future you can see all these that you've learned in university the course works the methods you've learned to use that field at the this SML helped me a lot in my everyday life the emotion efforts when I was sitting in the darshan world was something surreal it was the end result of a lot of hard work I can remember all of those days sat down with me I don't understand what I'm writing about here or I don't know how to reference thinking back to how far had come along the whole journey and then handing that piece in and then receiving the results it was a very special room it's been an amazing experience about to do it all again I would at the time the eyes of Portsmouth I think it helped me realize my ambition I came in at a normal working-class girl from reading I think I found my voice when Isaac since I graduated from Portsmouth I haven't been able to keep away I've kept in touch with the Alumni team and others volunteering with them so I've been back up the time through Facebook lives so hosted some events the careers and employability they went above and beyond and to know that they were there for five years after fish university helps with pressure I've benefited from the perspective scholarship and I think that has been amazing them of making it easier and less stressful to go into a master it is an end of your journey in Portsmouth Portsmouth will always be there for you and Avenel um night there is so much more to offer what excites me the most about futures are I can be but if what I was thinking of being when I starting University actually you make those bridges and those feelings and say have that least I've done that and feel quite grateful I am incredibly proud to always be it has passed myself and as part of who I am today it's made me who I am today and we're able to go back and keep giving back this right you you [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] this is an important day in the life of the university idea to celebrate the success of our graduates it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the ceremony and to formally declare this congregation of the university open please be seated Vice Chancellor hello my name is Bob Nicol and I'm the pro vice-chancellor for research and innovation here at the University of Portsmouth dear vice-chancellor my learned colleagues heads members of the university community distinguished guests graduates parents family and friends I am delighted to be here today on this important occasion for our graduates you have achieved something great and let me start by offering you my sincere congratulations you've been tested over the last few years and through your hard work and dedication you have achieved the goal of a university degree and changed your life forever at this moment we should also remember all those who helped you on your university journey especially the academic and professional staff dedicated to your education and training you will also want to thank your family and friends who have supported you during this testing time therefore I would invite you our graduands to stand up now and give a warm round of applause to all those who helped you get here today [Applause] thank you please be seated you look like you enjoyed that while today we celebrate the end of your present University time it is also a moment moment to reflect on your futures the world beyond these walls is amazing and ever-changing and it needs your energy skills and passion so go forth and get involved regardless of your political views brexit has changed this country we need a new generation of leaders to take us forward and more importantly bring our country back together with a common purpose and vision climate change is real and cannot be ignored with the antarctic glaciers melting at an increasing rate and predicted to disappear within a century raising sea levels by half a metre this is your future and the future of coastal communities like Portsmouth and we need talented people like you to address this challenge revolutions in medical care will extend our lives beyond my wildest dreams the number of people living beyond 100 is increasing across the world creating a range of social issues and opportunities so please remember you are running a marathon not a sprint you can take time along the way to enjoy the scenery and to think about your life's ambitions as you leave us today be proud of your University which has prepared you well for this future remember our values of being open ambitious and never settling for second best the university has never been stronger with more students than ever before over 24,000 undergraduates and nearly a thousand postgraduates the university was recently ranked 21st in the guardian league table the highest ranked university on the south coast of england our standing research continues to change the world with our scientists involved in the discovery of plastic eating enzymes and the detection of gravitational waves ripples in space-time from distant colliding black holes thank you our researchers are working together with international partners on a range of strategic themes including artificial intelligence bioengineering ocean governance immersive technologies responsible fashion and preserving our heritage the University of Portsmouth will always be your university so please stay in touch you are our ambassadors and help us realize our ambition of being the top modern University in the UK be our champions in your workplace your families and your communities also as the future of employment changes in the coming decades please consider coming back and studying again with us the future of Education will be digital allowing you to study online wherever you are in the world you are always welcome finally before I leave you I would like to give you some advice whatever you do in life do it with passion and optimism several studies now show that optimistic people live healthier lives and thus live longer it is something I try and do every day focus on solutions not problems and be kind enjoy your day together with your family and friends and my last bit of advice is please take lots of photographs thank you [Applause] the university has resolved to confer the award of fellowship of the University upon Kevin Holmes as Chancellor members of the audience today we honor a member of our local community that was made not only a series of valuable contributions in community education and social care but a lasting impact particularly in the field of social work some people seem to have the capacity to do many things and Kevin Holmes is one of them during his early life Kevin was educated at special schools in Cardiff and Kent and already by his teenage years was making a difference one of Kevin's teachers once remarked to him and his parents but he was willing to work incredibly hard with the talents he had significant achievements would follow this is certainly one principle Kevin seems to have lived his life by kevin was born with epilepsy and one of the things that helped him manage this was music Kevin loved and still has a passion for music and could read a musical score before he could read a text as a teenager Kevin was a member of a Salvation Army Band and eventually decided to set up his own choir and band with other people with disabilities the band was a great success and ultimately went on to give numerous public performances what was important to Kevin though was not just a band that played with music but a band that played great music and represented the creative and technical abilities of people with disabilities in a new light this was a relatively unique situation at the time and certainly challenge some of the assumptions and expectations held for people with disabilities and set the tone for Kevin's vision to empower people like himself and educate and change the communities and society he lived in later on Kevin entered his school into a prestigious filmmaking competition this was a competition for schools and colleges across Europe Kevin demonstrated on an international stage but not only did wheelchairs make excellent camera dollies but that his school and his peers had exceptional talents they won the competition against rivals from across Europe and hadn't even mentioned the entry had come from a school for young people with disabilities and so we can see from an early age kevin's vision and willingness to try the exceptional made a positive difference both for those with disabilities and also those who perhaps did not understand them so well after school Kevin spent a year at home getting bored and then began a job as a sound engineer in London unfortunately the company he worked for preferred Kevin to work in the backroom copying in case his disability upset the clients unsurprisingly Kevin soon left and took a job working with young deaf people in Portsmouth which important II can't unfortunately came to an end and a brief period of unemployment Kevin was soon bored again and so during this time developed his first disability awareness talks which he delivered to schools and colleges across Portsmouth as part of the International Year of the disabled in 1981 these talks presented Kevin's experiences and those of others of living in society with a disability or actually introduced the idea that some people live in a disabling Society Kevin is still approached today by some of the pupils he taught we remember Kevin his talks and the impact it had on them and their appreciation of living with a disability it was also during this time that the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth councillor Frank Sorrell invited Kevin to help with his mayoral project setting up the Frank Sorel Center this Center is still in operation in South Sea today now a statutory organisation providing advice and support for young people with disabilities and their families Kevin's influence driving an agenda of inclusivity for people with disabilities gained momentum when he was offered a role on the national stage working for the then named spastic Society now known as scope as an alpha an officer at their Center for cerebral palsy in cotner Kevin was now one of three people across the entire country responsible for developing client groups for people with disabilities in order to increase their participation in decision-making at both an individual and also strategic level Kevin learned a number of new management skills quickly not least managing public meetings and Finance Committee's during this time Kevin noticed that the main challenge in setting up the client groups was persuading disabled people to begin to make their own decisions and decide for themselves what they wanted to do with their lives Kevin had noted that many people with disabilities he encountered had very little decision-making opportunity from what they ate and wore during the day to critical life decisions around relationships and employment Kevin responded by developing and implementing a program of talks group discussions and workshops to introduce the idea of inclusivity which would enable people with disabilities to understand and importantly influence decisions affecting them it proved the success and after a year in post Kevin was promoted to managing the entire Alpha team across England and way Kevin's work was soon noticed again and another promotion took him to manage a project in the Midlands although disappointed to leave the South Coast one of the silver linings was meeting his future wife Kevin had been asked to advise the manager of a local office of a National Organization for cerebral poor on cerebral palsy Kevin met with a manager on a Saturday morning and this meeting led to a lasting relationship a marriage to his wife when Kevin also excelled in his new role in the Midlands developing new and innovative workshops encouraging people with disabilities to develop skills that would empower them to assert their views and perspective these courses included programs for self-awareness life planning interpersonal skills positive self-image relationships and jobs leaking these successful courses were to become the foundation for much of Kevin's later work alongside Kevin's tireless work promoting inclusion for people with disabilities has been his own education and development kevin has a number of qualifications from computer programming to supervisory management all of which have helped him bring positive changes to disabled people's lives its experience and expertise in organizational management were fighting two roles he undertook restructuring organizations to enable them to be more responsive and agile delivering an inclusivity agenda as principal disability officer for Avon County Council Kevin was instrumental in setting up a disability Equality training program this new program enabled people with disabilities to become disability Equality trainers themselves so now shaping the people who designed and prepared the services they needed Kevin's final formal work role was back in Portsmouth working for the local council advising people who wanted to stop receiving care from an agency and employ and design and manage their own carers whilst in this job Kevin also helped develop a showroom for specifically designed kitchens bathrooms and living adjustments to improve access and independent living for people with disabilities then during 1997 Kevin was advised to stop work for health reasons after six months again boredom set in and Kevin enrolled on a degree program in BSC computers in entertainment technology here at the University of Portsmouth Kevin's tutors reported struggling to mark his highly advanced assignments and as importantly the program bought him back into greater contact with our Social Work students and staff an ongoing feature of Kevin's work has been providing lectures and training sessions on disability awareness inequality to organisations such as local government and colleges indeed Kevin wrote an early Higher Education disability awareness course forming part of a degree program at the University of Worcester and later approved by the University of Oxford having his lectured Portsmouth students since the 1980s and now has a significant role in the education and professional development of our Social Work students in particular has been Kevin's consistent support and leadership for the university's leading organization a Social Work Inclusion group this unique organisation is chaired by Kevin for many years and brings service users and their experiences of life directly into the education and development of our Social Work students and increasingly the wider body of healthcare students this inclusion organization has presented at national and international events and has been commissioned to provide service user film materials for leading UK companies perhaps most importantly though is the impact on our students who consistently feedback positively on their work with Kevin and his colleagues telling him how much better their insight is hearing from the horse's mouth which after all is just what Kevin set out to do from an early age in conclusion disability and awareness of it is increasingly recognized understood and managed in far more inclusive ways this however has not always been the case and like so many positive changes in society has been brought about by the vision leadership and commitments and new ways of thinking and being that are characteristic of people like Kevin and of course are all values and actions we hold dear in higher education I hope you can see the influential role Kevin has played from the level of individuals to our wider communities and raising awareness of disability and promoting inclusive change vice-chancellor i present kevin holmes as fellow of the university by the authority of the university it is my pleasure to admit you to Fellowship of the university honoris causa of that design Jarvis on the valency day on the chassis work including GU we work with the self-aware yes to provide live inside in the respective it user all the sellswords agents need to practice services the better I like to drive a car but they need to get moving get behind the wheel we give them a Genesis I always tell this disability is a battle I look at it if I want a girl challenges of the train when I get to the station they need to get the one house to get me on the train so they will say to us because I use a wheelchair I actually use bigger than two six two but it's very super thoughtful neighbor was excited I will need I got the kind of thinking we was in college and I future professionals whether you're working in says you work when you're working with any other profession within social care you need to think of new ways of doing things and think of new ideas the news is what me and my group provide so once again that usually dollar and concur agent [Applause] ladies and gentlemen we now come to the formal part of the ceremony and I invite the Vice Chancellor an academic registrar to make the formal declarations after which the students will process across this stage and receive congratulations first from our Vice Chancellor and then our executive Dean for the Faculty of science for professor Sharia Hoskins vice-chancellor academic registrar I confirm that those presented at their ceremony have successfully completed their studies and have satisfied all conditions and requirements of the university by the authority of the University I confirm that all those who are dually qualified are hereby admitted to the awards for which they are presented Vice Chancellor I present to you the following successful candidates from the School of Health Sciences and Social Work for the award of certificate of higher education in paramedic practice Stephen RJ with distinction Cara Alan Paul Atkinson [Applause] with distinction PJ Baxter [Applause] with distinction Krisha Bedford [Applause] Christopher black [Applause] with distinction Thomas Bosley Victoria Brown [Applause] Gregory Kaplan [Applause] Harriett Chandler [Applause] James Charmin Lauren Conroy Thomas Courtney [Applause] William crocin Allison Dalton [Applause] Kristopher Dinsey James Draper [Applause] Chris Elvan [Applause] Stuart Fox [Applause] Andrew Frost [Applause] bend lover Sarah Goulding with distinction Carrie Henderson with distinction Jamie Hendrick [Applause] Holly Yankovic Scott Jenkins [Applause] Jamie Johnson Zoey Canali [Applause] George kinsmen Joe Lampton with the Tony Brooks Memorial Award Robert Langford [Applause] James Miller [Applause] Zoe Miller [Applause] Alyson Millward Mitchell Mitchell Jane Morgan [Applause] dan Morrison Tony Nichols [Applause] Alivia parking [Applause] Natalie Parkinson [Applause] Lee films [Applause] Ashley Ritson [Applause] caffeine Roberts [Applause] with distinction Thomas Rowe [Applause] Leon Shepard [Applause] Emma snow Heather Taylor with distinction Hannah Tobin Helen Tully Jenna wait Liam Warren [Applause] James Watson [Applause] Sophy web with distinction Daniel Weitz [Applause] with distinction Kate Williams [Applause] Selena Williams [Applause] Inwood old [Applause] would [Applause] Nigel young [Applause] Stephanie Webster [Applause] mark Laughlin [Applause] for Bachelor of Science in health science Hussain Abdullah [Applause] Robin fielder Davina Manor As Seen Williams [Applause] for Bachelor of Science in pre-hospital studies James Lewis Blauman [Applause] for Bachelor of Science in social studies Jade Hitchens [Applause] shannon Hughes David Mudd Zuzu Dec were no for Bachelor of Science and diagnostic radiography I'll win Abraham Kenneth Augustine with first class honours Daniel Angel Vanessa Barcelona with first class honours Emma Blackshaw [Applause] Anna Watson [Applause] Eleanor buntings Yasmin chalk [Applause] with first class honours poppy Clancy [Applause] with first class honours Stacy Cooper Stephanie Corcoran Annie decosta with [Applause] first class honours Cara barley ELISA Garcia Sophie Griffiths [Applause] Samuel James Grimshaw Julianna happy [Applause] Jamie Harris [Applause] with first-class honors Victoria Hart [Applause] Amy horns with first class honours Heidi Hobbs sue Hodge Anish hurry nak [Applause] sara is Lee [Applause] with first class honours a Mikio muna limbo Bega with first class honours Dustin Makai [Applause] Katie Marshall [Applause] Shivani Murugan with first-class honors Kristine noonim with first class honours adder or easin Molly pace with first-class honors Tony Phil Cox [Applause] Samantha Rogers ami robbery [Applause] with first class honours Fran Vera sahih tea with first class honours darkness tow [Applause] with first class honours Nadia true with first class honours karina vienna with first class honours and with the radiography prize for academic achievement jessica whisker with first class honours Samantha Whittaker [Applause] Frances contact Walker and Tanganyika Mathilda dua [Applause] for Bachelor of Science in human communication science with the speech language and communication science student progress award Victoria Bennett's Robin Davies Tracy Yule blessing hella Jennifer Jacqueline mob wetter [Applause] Rehema nor with first class honours Catherine O'Neill Julia Partington with first class honours Melanie Ross [Applause] Greenham Sharif Laura they know hit Walton for Bachelor of Science in human physiology Ozma Armas samhita Azir le le Baker Blythe Baxter with first class honours Tara Benson ruler oh she bets whoa a 4e Boateng Moishe Boateng damn take with first class honours and with the human physiology progress award bu ba Corey with first class honours Rob car Scots cockerel Lucy Crawford with first class honours Peter Dalrymple [Applause] with first class honours carry Darlington with first class honours marked away with first class honours Dexter Fernandes with first class honours Zoe Finlay with first class honours Charlotte Fisher AJ crumb [Applause] with first-class honors Connor Hiscox Sam Holland Danielle Jones Tegan Jones with first class honours Danielle Kemp with first-class honors Nikita Kosciuszko David lang with first class honours Jake Lipscomb with first class honours bowen loo with first class honours Brian Mauck ocurro [Applause] Rossi Maria Nellie with first class honours Courtney Mason with first class honours Jenny mystery Ashley Morris [Applause] Connor Naylor with first-class honors her Nisha Patel Samira Rakhi with first class honours Mary Renton [Applause] Imogen Richards makalah 0vu low sitala with first class honours rohana shahe routine dan slay furred [Applause] Olivia Sunderland anastasiya lenova [Applause] jessamine white Hill with first class honours Megan woods for Bachelor of Science in operating department practice taiyaki newbie Mike best [Applause] with first class honours olga Berkey [Applause] with the Sally Ellsbury Memorial Award Victoria Victoria Church Brian Arvind Eden Tony drain [Applause] Harvey Dunbar Gowdy [Applause] with first-class honors Katie Gould thaw with first-class honors Emma Heffernan [Applause] with first class honours Chris Hendry with first class honours Claire Jackson with first class honours Katie Jenkins [Applause] with first class honours no katachi [Applause] Julianne Moore [Applause] hands Nunez [Applause] with first class honours Scott Prentice [Applause] with first class honours Thomas Simon's Haley sins [Applause] with first class honours Debra twine with first class honours and with the Allison processor Memorial Award for operating department clinical practice Rebecca farms Pauline Woodford with first class honours hi yin-yang Isabelle ball for Bachelor of Science in paramedic science with first class honours che a Papa [Applause] Josh Blair with first class honours Megan Sean Brasel with first class honours bethany poll with first class honours katie della piane [Applause] Phoebe Dalton [Applause] with first class honours io feet oil [Applause] Jordan Gibson with first class honours Elinor Hewitt Danielle Holloway moja [Applause] Alison Hutchins with first class honours Kelly Johnson Phoebe Lavery lacy luetin charleen litsen pat laDawn Sasha Madden roof mayor's Sara maze with first class honours and with the paramedics science student achievement award Darrin McFarland Rebecca Morrison [Applause] Samuel O'Leary Angela Pearson [Applause] Ethan Reid [Applause] with first class honours Andy Robinson with first class honours cariann Roland's Sarah Salter Rachel Seaborn with first class honours Tom Sherrod's Jacob shearing and drew Simpson with first-class honors Heather Simpson [Applause] Jack small bone [Applause] Kimberly Stubbs Bethany tit with first class honours Emma Todd [Applause] Stephanie tough now I'll Wilder cherry Willard's Sarah Wilson with first class honours Alex Woodford [Applause] for Bachelor of Science in social work Katelyn a blade Maria edge Sarah al-abadi Chloe Austin green fields Zoe beard [Applause] with first class honours Holly kaga sure [Applause] Anna deverson Zarah da me Chloe DN J Duffy Carrie Lloyd Elly green [Applause] Amy holder with first class honours Bridget Holland [Applause] with first class honours Georgina Holland with the Social Work Inclusion group Memorial Prize Darrin Jarmon [Applause] with first class honours and with the John Horhn Castle student social worker award for innovative Social Work practice Sarah jolly Jeremy Jones [Applause] with the lawrence taylor award Hannah Lee dawn line [Applause] Karla Lloyd with first class honours Han amanda's [Applause] lunar Mansi [Applause] with with first-class honors and with the John Horhn Castle student social worker award for innovative social work practice Aaron James Martin with first class honors Julia McGrath hurry a mop and a io re our day [Applause] [Applause] Tracy page Sivan II hotel [Applause] Charlotte Rex [Applause] Shannon ridzik Jade Sheridan [Applause] Ms kingly common Smith cat said chick Aloise Tilbury Clark Lucy wake Lin with first class honours Tracey Walden Leon Williams [Applause] for Bachelor of Science in therapeutic radiography Malu Anil Anthony Atkins le bal be Jennifer Bibi Francie's chance with first class honours and with the nicholas ways then price for radiography clinical practice Kyle Cox Lauren Davies Stephen Evans with first class honours Nora Hallie Nam Louis hedges [Applause] Jennifer Kate with first class honours Rebecca Makai with first class honours Molly McMullen with first class honours Nikki meeting [Applause] Natasha so Gooch in scar hey sue [Applause] with first class honours Alessia Bellavia for master of research in science with distinction nathan adam with distinction Patrick heads in ski Rachele Perry with distinction Samantha trace Hannah Williams for Master of Science in professional research methods posthumous award Tony brogues [Applause] for Master of Science in social work Martin Birbal Roxanne Chapman to new tender Emilio Siobhan day Shepherd chew Anza Justine Coleman Sinan Zenzi Del Rio [Applause] Linda young Liam John Mills [Applause] with distinction Yelena McKee for Ruth Simmons Jodi Slade [Applause] Mia white [Applause] for professional doctorates in nursing for an approved topic of professional research and developments in blood transfusion matters a narrative inquiry into patients experience of receiving regular blood transfusions in a de unit setting whilst in a palliative stage of hematological malignancy Lorraine Lloyd [Applause] for an approved topic of professional research and development in implementation of brief opportunistic health promotion services smoking cessation weight management and alcohol intervention in an NHS urgent care walk in treatment center for minor injury and illness a feasibility study using mixed methods Cindy mani [Applause] for an approved topic of professional research and development in the extent by which self-identity dimensions can be ascertained in people living with dementia admitted to an acute psychiatric hospital using a culturally adapted self-identity in dementia questionnaire a feasibility study a Lee Murray game [Applause] for Doctor of Medicine for a program of research in malignant pleural mesothelioma recognizing an unmet need samal Ganassi lake [Applause] for doctor of philosophy for a program of research in making sense of older adults lives with asthma experiences from the point of asthma diagnosis to their current living sky stir link Evette you tie [Applause] this concludes the presentation of students from the School of Health Sciences and Social Work and today's ceremony [Applause] Wow you enjoy that you are the best audience today well done congratulations vice-chancellor I present to you Tony Phil to respond to the University on behalf of the graduates [Applause] vice-chancellor on a guests ladies and gentlemen good afternoon my name is Tony and I'm honored to be speaking on behalf of the graduates the School of Health Sciences and Social Work it's hard to believe that we've already completed our journey here when we started this adventure we wondered if we ever feel prepared for our first placement than before we knew it that day had come and we were succeeding putting the skills we had learned into practice our next four was how would we ever feel ready to become independent health care workers and now that day is here – today we should reflect on this journey their efforts and the experience we have had which have made us more capable the fun we've shared the individuals who have helped us get here and overall embrace the sense of achievement we are feeling right now it's exciting that we have the opportunity to graduate here together because despite us doing different degrees it was our love of helping people that has brought it together we have worked as a team supporting one another's learning and in clinical placements and this experience will send to our next adventure we will always be contributing as a team to achieve high standards of care and this teamwork is what makes our Health Service tribe we have learned so much over these few years we've deserved many times staff members and our clinical placements making such a positive difference to people's lives through the care they give and now it's time for us to start making that difference none of this would have been achievable if it wasn't for the support we have received from our friends families lecturers and university services on behalf of the students here I'd like to thank all of those who have helped us get to where we are today the positivity and dedication of the lecturers and university services have been so valuable in our personal development encouraging us to work our hardest to achieve our best on behalf of the student body I would also like to remember the late Tony Brooks our former paramedic science lecturer and Lawrence Taylor our foremost our success today is due in no small part to Tony Brooks and Lawrence Taylor's commitment to supporting a department we've been getting students engagement in chief when assets call we'd also like to thank our placement sites who have boosted our self-confidence as health care professionals the staff members care and compassion extended not only to the patients and service users but our students as well they made us feel welcome and part of the team allowing us to make mistakes and learn from these experiences this is one of the reasons we are enjoying the moment today everyone here today should be incredibly proud of themselves we have all worked so hard to get where we are now our perseverance to overcome challenges has got us here today and have shaped who we've become and these attributes will stay with us for the rest of our careers so for now let's celebrate our success and make our Health and Social Care Services proud thank you [Applause] at this point in our ceremonies customary for our Chancellor Karen blackett to see a few words but unfortunately she is not able to be with us today which she never likes to miss a graduation ceremony so what she has done is record a short message which we will hear today so let's hear from Karen black heads congratulations to all of you this is an immensely proud day for you your friends and your family you should be incredibly proud as I am proud sharing it with you as the Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth now I have sat where you were or where you are 25 years ago and although that was quite a long time ago I remember how emotional the day is I remember the immense sense of pride and joy on my mother and my late father's face as my name was called out to collect the certificate you should feel proud myself and my sister were the first generation in our family to go to university and this may be true for some of you today you are pioneers your time at the University will go on to become a big part of who you are and what you go on to achieve you leave here today at least a foot taller than when you arrived I hope the time at the University has helped you to unlock your true potential and also unlock your self belief as it did mean I really want you to try and remember your friends that you have made at the University these are your cheerleaders please also remember the lessons that you have been taught and they you have learned at your time at the University this is your compass you leave the University today and you walk out into a world which may seem uncertain a world of work which may not seem as though there's a really certain future I really don't want you to worry because what you have to do is trust your head and your heart you will need to be strong and resilient you are equipped to deal with this all of the uncertainty and all other changes you've got this most importantly I want you to find your purpose I want you to find your happy now this may not be immediate right now because you have the euphoria of graduating and this ceremony but you need to find it and when you do you need to grab hold of it with both hands as it will guide you through life you have the potential to make the world a much much happier place I wish you Godspeed and I wish you good luck I wish you all the joy and hope in the world in fulfilling a really joyful and happy life now go out change the world and congratulations for being a graduate of the University of Portsmouth I want to add my congratulations to all of you who have graduated and also to all those who have supported them while they have been studying at the University I now declare that this congregation is closed please be upstanding for the academic procession [Applause] you

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