“Enjoyed every moment”: Leicester marks record-breaking graduations

The record-breaking graduations season closes the University's Centenary celebrations.

Graduates from Leicester’s Classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 have marked their achievements with a record-breaking week of celebrations.

A total of 6,794 students collected undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD honours across 18 ceremonies at De Montfort Hall.

Formed by more than 3,700 students from the Classes of 2020 and 2021, and over 3,000 students who completed their studies in 2022, the total breaks all previous records for a single graduation season at the University of Leicester.

But beyond the numbers are stories of individual resilience, achievement and celebration.

(L-R) Leicester graduates Oluwatomiisin Delano, Mohammed Feras Abdel Fattah, Lou Virrey and Nikoleta Krasteva celebrate their achievements.

Oluwatomiisin Delano, who completed her studies in BA History in 2021, said: “I am so happy to be back on campus. I spent most of my memorable time here in the David Wilson Library, but what I love most about this University is the tutors and Professors.

“They are all really kind and helpful – Dr Zoe Groves was extremely helpful during my time here.”

Library support was also a highlight for Mohammed Fera Abdel Fattah during his time studying Business and Management BA. He added: “I love the people and the environment at the University of Leicester. My best memory from this University is me and my classmates working for close to 17 hours straight at the David Wilson Library.

“Now, I’ve started my dream job.”

And while BA International Relations and History graduate Lou Virrey paid tribute to “the vibe on campus” during graduation celebrations, Bulgarian-born Nikoleta Krasteva refused to pick a singular highlight.

“I have enjoyed every moment of being a student at the University of Leicester,” said the BA International Relations graduate.

“When I first came here, everyone was extremely welcoming. My graduation ceremony was a spectacular show, and I loved when they introduced dignitaries from the University and what they have done to change the world.”

For more information on the University of Leicester graduation celebrations, visit le.ac.uk/graduation.

Interviews by University of Leicester student, Akshay Krishnakumar, who is studying an MA in Mass Communication.

Celebrations took place across the University of Leicester campus, as well as at the neighbouring De Montfort Hall.