Graduate Celebrations 2021

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Collage of five graduates with mortars and certificates

We are very sorry we can't be with you in person for your graduation this year. We know how important graduation and award ceremonies are for all our students, so we thought you would like to hear some special messages. You can find links to local messages from colleagues across our university partnership at the bottom of the page. Find your home academic partner campus or university department (nursing and midwifery and postgraduate history students) and download your own graduation list featuring your name and award.

Find out about our Celebratory Photo Day for 2019-20 and 2020-21 Graduates.

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A message from our Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal

As chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands, I would like to congratulate you all on your achievements during these challenging times.

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A message from our Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal Transcript

A message from our Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal Transcript

As Chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands, I would like to congratulate all of this year’s graduates on successfully completing your studies. Almost two academic years of those studies have been done remotely and you have worked hard and shown great determination to get to where you are today.

Gaining qualifications always requires dedication, but again this year, students have faced additional challenges. As the Coronavirus pandemic swept across the world, all our lives changed in some way.

It has been a difficult and uncertain time for everyone, so I would like to commend the adaptability and creativity you have shown in completing your studies and the support to your fellow students, your friends, your family and your community.

Many of you volunteered in providing COVID information or volunteered in the frontline response. Adaptability, creativity and kindness are valuable attributes which will be particularly important as the world moves on from the challenges of this pandemic.

Graduation is a key milestone in a person’s life, allowing you to reflect on our achievements. And now is a good moment to take some time to reflect on your studies here and your achievements, no matter how small they may seem. Every contribution is significant.

This year is also an important year for our university. We have welcomed our new Principal and Vie-Chancellor, Professor Todd Walker, and we are celebrating the university’s tenth birthday. Our partnership now has the largest student population in Scotland, with nearly 40,000 students studying further and higher education courses with us each year.

The university was created to have a transformational impact on our region, economy, people and our communities, making the best use of technology to ensure the best delivery and experience of distance learning. I think we can be proud of the impact we’ve had across the Highlands and Islands. As graduates, you will play a vital role in supporting this mission, across our region and beyond.

As you begin a new chapter of your life, please go forward with confidence, knowing that all of us across the university partnership support you and wish you every success for the future.

Wherever life takes you, I encourage you to keep in touch with us in years to come. The university is always here for you, whether you are looking for career advice or thinking about another course to enhance your skills.

As a new member of our growing alumni community, you will always be part of the University of the Highlands and Islands family.

Congratulations and good luck.

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Congratulations from the Principal and Chief Executive of Perth College UHI, Dr Margaret Cook

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Congratulations from the Principal and Chief Executive of Perth College UHI, Dr Margaret Cook

Congratulations from the Principal and Chief Executive of Perth College UHI, Dr Margaret Cook

Graduates, thank you for taking the time to engage with your online Graduation ceremony. I am sorry that, for a second year, we are unable to have a face-to-face ceremony. I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate you on achieving your award.

As a cohort of students, and as individuals, you have the most challenging time of any students. To move from our normal method of delivery in March 2020, to fully online, and then to have major disruption in academic year 2021, that makes your achievements all the more special.                                                        

I would like to join with my colleagues on our board of management, our senior team, and all of our staff across the college, in congratulating you on your achievement and wish you well for the future. We will always be here for you if you wish to continue education with us.

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Congratulations from the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Todd Walker

This has been a challenging year and you have done exceptionally well with all of the changes we have seen.

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A message from the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Todd Walker

A message from the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Todd Walker

Hello, my name is Todd Walker. I am the Principal and Vice-chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands, and as you can probably tell by my accent that I’m not from Scotland. In fact, I should probably be saying to you 'G'day, hello graduates'' 

I am Australian. This time last year I was living and working in Australia. I never thought for a moment that a year on, I’d be standing here in Scotland addressing you as your principal and vice-chancellor, having gone through one of the longest journeys in my life, both in distance and time. 

And I’m sure you also never thought that you’d have spent the last year of your course, studying in such really challenging circumstances overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

But you did it! You’ve reached the end of your studies and completed your qualification during one of the toughest times in history. And certainly, as a student you have faced. I’m incredibly proud of what you’ve achieved. You faced a seemingly impossible task – but you kept on going through a pandemic; you've kept moving forward, and you've kept your head up and you've kept looking ahead.  

And that is one of the testaments you should always hold near to your heart as a graduate of the University of the Highlands and Islands. And during all that time and in no doubt, you've had hurdles put in your way from lockdowns to family and friend pressures to money struggles and illness or bereavement.  

I know this has been quite a time for us all of us. But we’re here. All your determination, focus, enthusiasm, and creativity have paid off.  Well done. 

All of your hopes and dreams lie ahead of you. Well done. 

Take a moment to think about all the people that have helped you to get this point in your life. Whether it be your tutors, lecturers, or those who you will have seen online or in person, if you were lucky enough. But also think about the staff who worked behind the scenes to support you with other things like finances, IT, library resources and, most importantly, your health and wellbeing. 

We know it is all these people that have worked tirelessly to make your study experience the best it can be. And as such I do want to thank you for giving us the feedback in the national student satisfaction surveys. You ranked us very highly and on behalf of all the staff, we thank you. 

No matter what you do now or where you go with your choices in the future, please remember that all those people are still here for you, and we will always have your back. 

And, in the future, if you are looking to improve your skills or knowledge or even start a new career, I'd like you to reach out and have a chat to one of our career teams. You just never know, 

it might be so good for you to re-engage with us and develop your career even further. So, from all of us to all of you and to congratulate you on the work you have done. 

You are amazing and I know this is just the beginning of your journey. 

Congratulations with your achievements. 

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Congratulations from the President of the Highlands and Islands, Flo Jansen

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Congratulations from the President of the Highlands and Islands Students' Association, Flo Jansen

Congratulations from the President of the Highlands and Islands Students' Association, Flo Jansen

Hi it’s Flo here, your HISA president and I wanted to congratulate you on your well- deserved success. I am so happy to share in the excitement of your graduation day, and so very proud of all your achievements of the last year. You have truly, truly been incredible throughout such an unprecedented year and a half and it is really down to your passion, strength and resilience that you have made these accomplishments and we could not be prouder to have been able to be part of your journey but also to see you graduate successfully today. I’m wishing you all the best for your future.