Hundreds of students graduated from the University of Derby Buxton on Saturday after years of hard work.
More than 400 students attended the annual awards ceremony held in the Devonshire Dome at the university’s Buxton campus.
Degrees were awarded in Countryside Management, Culinary Arts, Events Management, Hospitality courses, Spa Management, Tourism Management and many other subjects.
Buxton’s own students worked alongside university staff on many aspects of the awards ceremony’s organisation.
Hospitality and Culinary Arts students prepared and served buffet food for the event, and Events Management degree students made sure all went smoothly.
Graduate Jonathan Lloyd - BA (Hons) Outdoor Activity Leadership and Coaching - flew back from Dubai, where he is working as an outdoor leadership instructor, to give the traditional Buxton ceremony vote of thanks from graduates to university staff for their work and help over the years.
He told the audience: “I have travelled to Morocco, climbed in Greece, paddled all over the country, competed against the world’s best climbers, worked for adventure companies in Spain and now in the United Arab Emirates, and met some fantastic people.
“I have learnt the ins and outs of the industry from leading professionals and had priceless experiences.
“All of this has been made possible by the people in this room right now.
“The university’s ethos of real-world learning - giving students the opportunity to experience responsibility while working in their chosen field – has seen it beat Oxford and Cambridge in terms of graduate employability.
“This is what ‘real world learning’ is really about, being exposed to difficulties and learning how to overcome them with the support of both friends and family, and the university,” said Jonathan.
At the ceremony an Honorary Doctorate was bestowed on Liz Fothergill, Chief Executive of Derby-based Pennine Healthcare, and a former vice-chair of the university’s own Governing Council.