Graduation - Winter 2019

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Graduation Stories

Showcasing the student experiences of a selection of our latest Graduates as they prepare to embark on the next chapter after completing their degrees.

Graduation is a special day for our students, their families and friends, and for everyone at the university.

Find out more about some of our Winter 2019 Graduates, their time at RGU and their plans for the future.

Tuesday 10 December 10:30am

Peter James Barron, Doctor of Philosophy

An Olympian cross-country skier with a passion for sports coaching now competes at the heights of academic excellence by graduating from Robert Gordon University (RGU) as a Doctor of Philosophy.

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Annie-Theresa MacDonald, MSc Advancing Nursing Practice

A student so dedicated to her profession that she took a weekly 500-mile round-trip from the Outer Hebrides to university graduated with a Master’s in Advancing Nursing Practice.

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Abigail Neison, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

After a skiing accident resulting in serious injury, Abigail Neison from Ellon used the experience to push herself and graduate from Robert Gordon University (RGU) with the knowledge and skills to help others recover.

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Honorary - Rachel Corsie, Master of the University

The captain of the Scottish national women’s football team, Rachel Corsie, was recognised with an honorary degree from the RGU on Tuesday, December 10.

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Tuesday 10 December 2:30pm

Kathryn Symmonds - BA (Hons) Management

Kathryn Symmond’s RGU journey was as much a personal one as it was an academic one, and after overcoming some of the toughest times she will proudly take to the stage to collect her hard-earned degree.

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Honorary - Jon S. Baird, Doctor of Letters (D.Litt)

Renowned north-east film director Jon S. Baird, who created the critically acclaimed movie ‘Stan and Ollie’, was recognised with an honorary degree from RGU on Tuesday, December 10.

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Marisa Shaw - BA (Hons) Law and Management

Marisa Shaw wasn’t sure if she wanted to study law or business at university, but RGU provided her with the opportunity to do both.

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Andrew Davidson - MSc Information and Library Studies

Andrew Davidson has created a digital film archive to preserve the history of the north-east as part of his dissertation project at RGU. Fraserburgh on Film showcases the Buchan town during the war, royal visits and other historical moments from the last 100 years.

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Scott Russell - BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management

Scott Russell balanced his full-time degree with running his own business, taking part in the first RGU Startup Accelerator programme, and raising his three-year-old son.

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Wednesday 11 December 10:30am

Nicole Cruden, BEng Mechanical and Offshore Engineering

The ability to study part-time while working is paying dividends for Turriff student, Nicole Cruden, who graduated from RGU with a degree in Mechanical and Offshore Engineering.

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Charlotte McLean, MSc Data Science

An Aberdeen-based mature student has reignited her passion for data after heading back into education to complete a Master’s Degree in Data Science at RGU.

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Callum Kellie, MA Fine Art

A talented artist who has juggled his full-time job as a technician within Gray’s School of Art with part-time study has seen his efforts rewarded as he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Fine Art with Distinction.

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Honorary - Dave Mackay, Doctor of Technology

The first ever Scottish-born astronaut was further celebrated with an honorary degree from Robert Gordon University (RGU) for his ambitious ascent through the Royal Air Force ranks and his inspiring expedition beyond our Earth’s atmosphere.

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Hayley Airey (Gitsham), MSc Applied Psychology

Online learning allowed Hayley Airey (Gitsham) from Muir of Ord to graduate with a Master’s degree from Robert Gordon University (RGU) and advance her career aspirations toward clinical psychology, all while helping children and young people in her hometown throughout her studies.

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