All but one of our newest graduates attended the congregation alongside many guests, who were able to attend the General Admission ceremony in person for the first time since 2019.
The graduating students were offered for a variety of degrees, including Bachelor of Arts, Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Natural Sciences and Bachelor of Arts. 15 different subjects were present in all, with students themselves representing 13 different nationalities.
There is something else unique about this particular group of students too: this is a cohort whose course of study has paralleled the course of the pandemic.
“This group of students matriculated in October 2019: they had only a few months of 'normal' Cambridge before the University moved teaching and exams online in March 2020,” says Wolfson Senior Tutor, Dr Susan Larsen. “Since then, they have survived multiple lockdowns, rapidly-changing health regulations, and a different set of examination formats each year.
“As Senior Tutor, I have been continuously impressed by our students' good cheer, ingenuity, and academic accomplishments in the midst of these unusual challenges. They deserve very special congratulations on their success.”
Ahead of the ceremony, students enjoyed a lunch in the Betty Wu Lee garden with their guests, before parading through town to the Senate House for the Congregation, which was overseen by the Wolfson President, Prof Jane Clarke.
“How proud I was, as President of Wolfson College, to bestow each and every one of these graduates with their hard-earned degree, with the pomp and glory of this ancient ceremony in the solemn surroundings of the Senate House.
“This will only be the start of their glorious futures. Our world is in dire need of hard-working, determined and highly gifted individuals like these. Ring true Wolfson graduates, and return home to us soon.”
Pictures from this event can be found on the College Flickr. Information regarding the professional photographs taken by Lafeyette Photography will be circulated to graduates by email in due course.