Almost 630 students have graduated from St George’s, University of London, and will now take their places among the next generation of doctors, scientists and healthcare professionals. Graduates received their awards from St George’s principal Professor Peter Kopelman at the ceremony at London’s Barbican yesterday (11 July).

Almost 500 graduates attended the ceremony, and a total of almost 630 received degrees this year.

 


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Degree awards were given to graduates on the MBBS four and five-year courses, the BSc in Biomedical Science, the BSc in Biomedical Informatics, and those studying intercalated BSc degrees at St George’s. Postgraduate diplomas and certificates, and MSc and research postgraduates were also awarded.

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

Judith Evans, chair of the St George's Council, opened the ceremony: "To our graduands, my warmest congratulations on your personal achievement. This is a day you’ll remember for the rest of your life. It is a day when it’s appropriate to be proud – you of yourselves, us of you. Academic and clinical staff have worked hard to enable you to reach your goals, and share in your success."

She added: "Graduands, your time at St George’s has, I hope, been a fulfilling and a happy one. Now it is time to move on. We hope some of St George’s blood will always course through your veins, but now it is up to you."

She was followed by Professor Kopelman, who told graduands: "This is your day, which I hope you will remember for a long time hence. My wish is that as alumni you will continue to feel part of the university and will keep in touch. You are, may I remind you, part of the St George’s family and very much its future; the presentation ceremony today demonstrates the confidence we place in you."

The architect of St George’s, a renowned graduate and public health pioneer, and SGUL’s own world-leading drug policy expert, were also honoured at the ceremony.

The honorary degree was awarded to Dr Julian Tudor-Hart, who graduated in medicine from St George's in 1952. Dr Tudor-Hart's work in general practice, public health and epidemiology has made him a revered and influential figure among health professionals.

Architect Ivor Berresford, who designed St George’s Hospital and the medical school, received an honorary fellowship. Ivor specialised in hospital design and, after the success of his St George’s project, went on to design a number of teaching hospitals in the Middle East, Africa and the UK.

Professor Hamid Ghodse, director of the International Centre for Drug Policy at St George’s, also received an honorary fellowship. Prof Ghodse is a professor of psychiatry and international drug policy, and has been at St George’s since 1978. He is president of the United Nations’ International Narcotics Control Board, and has vast experience of advising governments on medical education and health policy issues.