Before the day

Be well prepared for your graduation

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On the day

Get the most out of the day

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After the day

Enjoy being a graduate of Cardiff University

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You've made it, congratulations! We've put together this blog to offer tips and advice from your fellow students and graduates. Feel free to comment and share your own thoughts, plans for the day and highlights.

Spotlight on: James Alexander Smith

July 3rd, 2014 by

  “It’s been the best three years of my life, and I’ve made friends here that I will be in contact with long after my studies in the Welsh capital!”      Meet James, who will soon be graduating with a 2:1 in Politics and Economics from Cardiff University.       Hi James!  What [...]

Spotlight on: Florence Barnes

July 2nd, 2014 by

“I have had the most fantastic time at Cardiff. I have met some amazing friends, and really enjoyed getting involved with various activities alongside my degree.” Meet Law graduate Florence, Careers Officer for the Law Society and organiser of the ‘Best Small Event’ according to this year’s Societies Awards.     Hi Florence, congrats on [...]

Spotlight on: Andrea Lacey

July 1st, 2014 by

    “I remember going to the freshers fair and loving all the freebies!” Today we’re chatting to Andrea Lacey about her road to gaining a First Class Honours in Mathematics, Operational Research and Statistics.    Hi Andrea! Now that degree is a mouthful… why did you pick it? I’ve always loved Maths, but I never [...]

Spotlight on: Cerith Rhys Jones

June 30th, 2014 by

“My three years as an undergrad at Cardiff have been incredible – Cardiff’s a really lovely city to live in, especially as a student, but I’m originally from a small village in South West Wales, so moving from there to the capital city was quite a culture shock!”   Meet Cerith, this year’s Welsh Students’ [...]

It’s almost time… #CUGrad2014

June 30th, 2014 by

Hi everyone, Like you, I’m about to graduate from Cardiff University, with a First Class Honours from the School of Journalism. I’ve worked professionally in marketing and public relations over the past few years. From running my own clothing brand, to working for the university’s careers service, and for Cardiff PR and marketing firm Weltch [...]

It’s that time of year again…! Graduation 2014

June 30th, 2014 by

First and foremost: congratulations! You’ve battled through lengthy assignments, you’ve sat your examinations, and now you’re about to participate in one of the most important and most memorable days of your life: graduation. As a soon-to-be graduate, you undoubtedly have a mental checklist comprising of (amongst other things): Buying your Graduation outfit Booking accommodation as [...]

Jamie Roberts on graduation

July 19th, 2013 by

Twenty six year old Jamie Roberts, is set to graduate with a degree in medicine today after eight years work. He has been balancing life as a professional rugby player for Cardiff Blues and the Welsh squad alongside studying for his degree. How are you feeling about graduating? – Quite excited, combination of eight years [...]

Peter Florence Interview – Honorary Fellows

July 19th, 2013 by

Peter Florence is the founder and director of the Hay Festival. He has also founded many other similar festivals across the globe.  Peter studied for his degree in the University of Paris and has an MA in Modern and Medieval Literature. Do you have any advice or tips for young people who may be considering [...]

What our graduates had to say

July 17th, 2013 by

Jean has graduated with a masters in Operational Research and Logistics ‘I really liked [graduation], had a great time. The course itself was suited to me. I’m really glad [I chose Cardiff]. I made lots of friends and I was an international course.    Fiona White graduated in Business Management She comments on her university [...]

What to wear to your graduation!

July 17th, 2013 by

What to wear… The dilemma many face, what to wear to graduation. There’s always pre-graduation anxieties and nerves, the thought of walking on stage in front of a crowd, you will want to look your best. Hopefully this can help you relax and enjoy your a day a little bit more. We asked graduates their [...]

What the President has to say

July 17th, 2013 by

Harry Newman is the Student Union’s President and is continuing his degree in civil engineering this coming academic year and will be graduating this time next year. How does it feel being part of this years graduation? – I love it, it’s the best day of the year. It’s a refreshing, happy occasion in the [...]

Interview with Laura Mcallister – Honorary Fellows

July 16th, 2013 by

Laura Mcallister is chair of sports Wales and former Wales football international and national team captain. What made you return to Cardiff to do your PhD? – I wanted to come home, I did my first degree in the London school of economics and then stayed in London for another year but I really wanted [...]

Interview with Madeleine Bunting – Honorary Fellows

July 16th, 2013 by

Madeleine Bunting is Associate Editor at The Guardian, author of three books and winner of multiple awards including the One World Trust award in 1999 and in 2006 she was awarded a fellowship on the Templeton Cambridge journalism programme to name only a few. How does it feel coming to the Cardiff graduation? – I had [...]

Kieran Gandhi’s thoughts on graduation

July 16th, 2013 by

What is your role within the students union?  - I’m the Union Development and Internal Affairs officer. How does it feel coming back and being part of the graduation? – Fantastic actually, it’s really nice to see it from the other side and to see all the students and really celebrate when they come up [...]

Interview with John Reardon Smith – Honorary Fellows

July 15th, 2013 by

John Reardon Smith is the chairman on the Reardon Smith Nautical Trust and was previously the director of two ship owning companies. He was awarded an honorary fellowship at the first graduation ceremony on Monday 15th July for achieving ‘international distinction’ in his field.   What was the atmosphere in the hall like during the [...]

The top Graduation photo locations – as voted for by you!

July 15th, 2013 by

Last week we asked our Facebook followers where was the best place to capture that special Graduation photo. The results are in. And the top suggestion is……. Main Building!                   Do you agree? Do you have any other suggestions? If so, we would love to hear them!

Graduation week!

July 15th, 2013 by

First day of graduation week and what a day to start! The weather is beautiful and everyone looks fantastic in smart suits and dresses. Students wait with nervous anticipation in the foyer waiting for the rehearsal while their proud family members head upstairs to take their seats. It’s sure to be a busy week and [...]

Graduation Memories: Will Taylor

July 12th, 2013 by

As we look forward to celebrating with the Class of 2013, we thought that we would also take the opportunity to share some Graduation Memories from some of our Alumni. First up is Will Taylor, who graduated five years ago, and now works as a freelance interiors journalist and blogger. “I fondly remember my Graduation [...]

Graduation 2013 – Dining offers

July 11th, 2013 by

A number of city restaurants and bars are offering offers and special deals for those coming along to celebrate Graduation 2013. Below are a selection of offers and deals that might take your fancy as you plan your special day. Follow us on Twitter @CardiffUni and using the hashtag #CUGrad2013 for more updates. The Angel [...]

Graduation 2013 : What to Wear for your Graduation Ceremony

July 10th, 2013 by

As an Alumna of Cardiff University who graduated only last year, fashion blogger Mia Holt is perfectly placed to provide some advice on what to wear on Graduation Day to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the day. Mia enjoyed her time at Cardiff University so much, that she is returning to pursue a Postgraduate [...]