Brechin student graduates from Abertay university

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Hundreds of University of Abertay Dundee students graduated on Friday at the University’s winter graduation ceremony held in the Caird Hall, Dundee.

Almost 400 graduands had their degrees formally conferred during the ceremony. Most were expected to attend in person, watched by hundreds more family members and friends. Amongst them, was Brechiner Heather McFarlane, who graduated with a Bachelors of laws degree.

The ceremony included the formal installation of Abertay’s new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nigel Seaton, who took over as Principal in August.

In his inaugural address as Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Seaton congratulated all the graduands and thanked, on their behalf, all their friends and families and the staff of the University for all they had done to support the graduands during their studies.

Professor Seaton said: “University is one of life’s challenging experiences, as well as one of the most rewarding. I know from my own experience that this is true whether you are graduating with a first degree, or as a postgraduate student.

“I am sure that there must have been times, along the way, when you doubted your own ability to complete the journey.

“Well, now you know the answer, and you have every right to feel as proud of your achievement as I am sure your families and friends do.

“My colleagues and I are also very proud of you – you have more than justified the faith we placed in you even before you arrived at Abertay, when the University decided to take a chance on you and your ability to learn.”

He concluded by urging all the graduates to stay in touch and pledged the support of the University in helping them secure employment or further study.