Hundreds of students have graduated from St George’s, University of London and will now take their places amongst the next generation of doctors, scientists and healthcare professionals. The graduates received their awards from Principal Professor Peter Kopelman at the ceremony at London’s Barbican.

Around 540 graduands donned mortars and gowns to receive their awards and crown all their hard work.

Professor Kopelman praised the class of 2010 and offered “a sincere congratulations on behalf of your teachers during your time at SGUL. They share the delight and pride in your graduation.”

He called their qualifications to practice as healthcare professionals “a privilege for a lifetime”, and said: “We are confident that your time at SGUL will have prepared you to deal with the vibrant and challenging health scenarios.”

Prof Kopelman added: “Finally, 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.”

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 certificates and diplomas were also awarded, as well as MRes and MSc courses and research postgraduate awards.

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

As well as the principal, the chair of the school council, Baroness Elaine Murphy, and deputy principal Professor Sean Hilton also addressed the graduates.

Baroness Murphy said: “I wish you all a happy and successful future. From now on, you become a roving ambassador for St George’s in the wider world. I know we shall be proud of you. The greatest good fortune go with you.”