The class of 2014 has graduated from St George’s and is now ready to become the next generation of healthcare professionals and researchers.

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On one of the hottest days of the year, 490 students graduated at the presentation ceremony at London’s Barbican on Thursday 17 July.

Degrees were given
for the four and five-year MBBS Medicine courses, the BSc in Biomedical Science, the BSc in Healthcare Science (20 students specialising in Cardiac Physiology and three specialising in Respiratory and Sleep Physiology) the BSc in Biomedical Informatics, and those studying intercalated BSc degrees at St George’s. Postgraduate diplomas and certificates were also awarded.

Sajjaad Ismail, who graduated in MBBS medicine, said: "I can't believe I've finally graduated. I'm sad to leave St George's but excited for the new chapter in my life starting as a trainee doctor next week in the Fairfield General Hospital in Manchester."

Fahmin Khaleque, who graduated in Biomedical Sciences and is from Bangladesh, said: "Today has been overwhelming and I'm excited for the future. I'm looking forward to coming back to St George's to study medicine."

Shashank Sivji, who graduated in intercalated BSc Medicine, said: " It's a really proud day today. It's nice to see everyone today before everyone leaves for different places and new adventures."

Prizes were given to graduates who performed particularly well in a range of subjects.

Students and family members enjoyed posing for pictures in an Instagram photo frame. Visit the St George’s Facebook page to view pictures from the ceremony. Check out more pictures on our new Instagram page too @stgeorgesunioflondon.

Graduates received their awards from St George’s Principal Professor Peter Kopelman, who wrote in the ceremony booklet: “Sincere congratulations on behalf of St George’s, University of London. We all share the delight and pride in your graduation.

“This is an exciting and challenging time to be entering the worlds of medicine, biomedicine, and healthcare sciences.”

Professor Kopelman added that graduates should: “Never forget the privilege of your education and training, and place respect for others at the top of your priorities in your future professional role.”

Professor Mike Spyer, Chair of the St George's Council, said: “Today represents the culmination of several years of study and the final achievement of your qualification as a healthcare professional."

He added: “To all of you, can I add my own personal congratulations and wishes for your future successes.”

In addition to the graduates, honorary awards were presented to some of the most distinguished figures in the recent history of St George’s.

Honorary degrees were awarded to:

Professor Tom Bolton, who has worked at St George's for more than 30 years. Among a number of roles, he was Head of the Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology for 17 years and Dean of Research and Development for four years with a responsibility for St George's Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) Submission in 2001.

Professor George Griffin, who has worked at St George's for over two decades as Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Dean for Clinical Affairs and Vice-Principal for Research, among other roles.

Honorary fellowships were presented to:

Judith Evans, former Chair of Council from 2010 to 2013.