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Graduation 2022

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University is whether or not you treat as such predominantly a place of education. We become experts in our chosen field, gaining bachelors, masters and PhDs. But it's also where we begin to become experts at life, on other people, on who we are. I've learnt more in the last three years about myself than I had in the 18 that preceded my steps through the doors to Tufnell Hall on September 15th, 2019. In that time, I've been through some of the highest highs, lowest lows that life can offer me, as I'm sure many have. I've been stressed, maybe excessively, over deadlines, and I've met some of the most incredible people, and we've done some truly amazing things together. Marjon is always considered a family, small university, big heart, as the posters say. And I think we as a class have shown more than many with the solidarity and support we have shown one another over the past few years. The grads who will sit in this room this week, including those of us here before you, have all played a part in one another's journey. And our supporters, both friends and family and the amazing staff at Marjon have cheered us along the way. We will leave through those doors is the present and very bright future of our industries from the health care professionals to sporting coaches and rehabilitators the educators and those of us here, the criminologists, forensic scientists, business people, psychologist and the storytellers. Whether that be on stage or behind it and screen. As an actor, or bringing you today's breaking news as journalists. As I said, I'm not a big fan of being cheesy, but there is one more quote I would like to share with you, this time from Winnie the Pooh. “How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard because I stand here and look at the people who are about to become the Marjon of yesterday. And I feel so grateful to say that you are my Marjon

Connections we created will be kept in our memories and our hearts the most. So when those hard days come upon us, let's reach out to our fellow Marjoners and keep them close. It's time for us all to take our final bow. Where has the time gone ey? It's flown by somehow. Marjon you've helped to spread our wings, and we've grown. So it's now time for us to fly from a place which we can all unanimously call home.

When I was a student, I had no idea how painful it would be to say goodbye. But I do want to say this. You are my Marjon. Thank-you.