Graduation ceremony at the Music Hall in Aberdeen

Graduation Stories

Graduation Stories - Winter 2023

Stories from our Winter 2023 graduates.

Mark Logan

Mark Logan, Chief Entrepreneurial Advisor to the Scottish Government, has been awarded an Honorary Degree from Robert Gordon University (RGU) during a festive graduation ceremony on Tuesday 12 December.

Gill Flett MA Fine Art Winter Graduation '23

After serving 30 years as a Police Officer, Gill decided to return to Gray’s School of Art to pursue her ambitions to work in sculpture.

Laura Tartarini

An Italian postgraduate student swapped the beauty and Mediterranean climes of Bologna for Aberdeen last year having grasped the opportunity of studying overseas.

Gregor Ferguson

A newly appointed Community Nurse in Aberdeenshire who excelled at university, becoming President of the RGU Nursing Society to advocate the voice of student nurses.

Claudia Fuentes Ajungo

A student from Mexico has graduated from Robert Gordon University having relocated to the North East to enhance her expertise and become a “worldwide agent”.

Chloe Jackson

A newly qualified nurse at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, who is proud to be graduating in the Heart of Grampian tartan, designed by a patient where she trained.

Gillian Fowler

Having suffered a broken back in a horse-riding accident in 2008, Dr Gillian Fowler has used her own experience with spinal injury as the main focus of her PhD studies at RGU to help others dealing with similar issues to move forward in a positive, fulfilling way.

Laura Highley

Having studied at RGU as a trainee nurse 21 years earlier, Laura returned to higher education to pursue her dream career as a District Nurse.

Karla Mancilla

A qualified teacher from Mexico is celebrating crossing the stage this winter with a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences having been inspired to achieve her own goals after helping so many others to achieve theirs.

Louise Young

An Aberdeenshire nurse with twenty years’ experience working for NHS Grampian who decided to return to university to upskill as a Health Visitor.

Dr Julie Jones at The Music Hall

Dr Julie Jones has completed her PhD and used her main research passion to help the people living with Parkinson’s better deal with it through exercise. Julie was very keen to conduct research in a clinically orientated problem which affects the Parkinson’s community.

Temitope Falana

Temitope, from Lagos in Nigeria, joined Robert Gordon University to move towards a different career path having spent several years across various sales and marketing roles.

Bartosz Grabski

An accomplished art’s curator and advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community, who plans to use art to amplify the voices of under-represented communities.

Lauren Gordon

An Aberdonian student from Hazlehead Academy had only just graduated from Robert Gordon University (RGU) when she rejoined the institution to enrol in a master’s degree.

Hafsat Tiamiyu

An international student who wanted to study overseas to upskill and grow in the construction sector.

Furqan Shakil

A student from Pakistan became the first in his family to graduate abroad having been the recipient of a well-renowned British Council scholarship.

Abimbola Oligbinde

Abimbola uprooted her family following glowing reviews from a colleague to embark on a postgraduate voyage in Aberdeen and now has zero regrets following a successful, straight-A master’s journey.

Anna Fyfe

Anna Fyfe has completed MEng Mechanical and Biomedical Technology having never even visited Aberdeen before starting her studies.

Bamikole Martins Aduloju

Bamikole Aduloju studied Law at the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University Nigeria before heading to the UK some years ago having been inspired by his mentor who had gained a PhD from the University of Hull.

Aberdeen Business School in Riverside Building

Having worked in her own family run business for well over a decade, Rhona MacLennan decided to go back to university to upskill and add to her previously obtained postgraduate degree in Human Resource Management.

Carlyn Bezensek

A former nurse from Ayrshire is graduating with a distinction having studied part-time at RGU which allowed her to juggle a master’s degree in Analytical Science while proving to her daughter that “hard work pays off”.

Gloria Owusu

A mature student from Ghana has obtained a postgraduate degree from RGU in Aberdeen, widely known as the energy capital of Europe, in order to enhance her career in the industry.

Atulya Venkataraman

Atulya Venkataraman’s lifelong penchant for curiosity to understand how machines work has helped him complete his MEng Mechanical and Offshore Engineering with distinction.

Suzanne Steele

Suzanne Steele, an experienced marketing professional from Forfar, is celebrating graduating with an MBA and with it ticking off the long-held ambition of doing so before hitting the big 4-0.

Federico Zampese

Federico Zampese not only completed his MEng Electrical and Electronics Engineering but managed to navigate through the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as landing a job offer during his second 10-week placement.

Megan Jones

Megan Jones’ walk across The Music Hall stage marks not only the completion of her Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) BEng (Hons) Engineering: Design and Manufacture but also the successful balancing act of becoming a mother, studying and working full-time.

Poni Rose Elia Busi

Poni Rose moved to the North East of Scotland from her home in South Sudan and has described how undertaking a master’s degree at Robert Gordon University has enriched and elevated her life and career prospects.

Maria Oszoli

Maria Oszoli graduates with a MSc in Applied Psychology and it marks another milestone on her academic career with RGU having completed an undergraduate degree in International Tourism Management in 2021.

Richard Thomson

For Richard Thomson successfully completing a Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) in BSc (Hons) Data Science with first-class honours at RGU is the perfect step forward for his career.

Catriona Stevenson

A mother of two from Westhill has graduated with a first-class degree - despite the revelation of being diagnosed with both dyslexia and dysgraphia, something she describes as a “lightbulb moment”.

Joni Gellatly

For Joni Gellatly completing a Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) in Data Science is a significant achievement after successfully finishing her studies while looking after her family, coaching a football team and continuing to work full-time.

Karen Micallef

Karen Micallef knows when she works across the stage at The Music Hall it marks the realisation of a long-held dream to become a qualified social worker.

Sarath Sarasappan - MSc Data Science

When Sarath Sarasappan walked across The Music Hall stage and graduates from RGU it was the realisation of a long-held dream.

Husseini Musa

Husseini secured a full-time job as a Quantity Surveyor with a leading UK construction company a few months before completing his master's program, and is proud to be graduating, side by side, with his partner who he met whilst studying at RGU.

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