Graduates will write – or film, record, podcast or illustrate – the next chapter in their lives now after officially being part of the De Montfort Leicester University (DMU) Class of 2019.
Today it was Leicester Media School’s turn to celebrate as students walked across the stage at The Venue @ DMU to receive their degrees from the Dean of Computing, Engineering and Media, Professor David Mba.
“I’m so nervous!” confessed Denis Ntege, future graduate in graphic design and illustration, a few minutes before the ceremony this morning. “It’s so strange to think this is my last day at DMU.”
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Denis once landed a job after being spotted by a talent – on Instagram. He had created an account to share his graphic design work and was contacted by a London design studio which now offers him a full-time job. “I love graphics, I love making someone’s ideas come true. You really have to get into their heads and find out what they want and when it works, it’s just beautiful.
Yousuf Ali and James Tarplee, both journalists and media, were “excited but nervous” about the ceremony. “I think today is the last hurdle and now we are entering the real world,” Yousuf said.
During the first of today’s two ceremonies, a special prize was awarded to the pioneer of music, Professor Xiaofu Zhang, who became an honorary doctor of music.
Professor Zhang has spent the past 40 years writing, composing, teaching and researching at the Beijing Central Music Conservatory, China’s first music school. His compositions are performed all over the world.
He told graduates to seize the opportunities offered by technology to make a difference in the world. He said: “It is a pleasure and an honor to receive this honorary degree from DMU. I think this is an opportunity to recognize my 40 years of work in research and teaching, but also a reminder for me to work harder.
“I told graduates today that they are graduating at the best time. Technology has made the world smaller and it offers many opportunities. “
DMU has maintained a relationship with the Beijing Conservatory for 15 years through close ties with the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Center, headed by Professor Leigh Landy.
A graduate in Media and Communication, Samson Alawode has already started working as the Public Relations and Digital Communication Coordinator at the Chartered Association of Building Engineers. He said: “It’s been a good three years at DMU. I made some great friends who will be my lifelong friends.
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Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2019