Graduation Stories - Summer 2022

Graduation Stories

Graduation Stories - Summer 2022

Stories from our Summer 2022 graduates.

Toni Scullion

Toni Scullion - Doctor of Education (DEd)

Robert Gordon University (RGU) has recognised the work of Scottish computing science teacher Toni Scullion with an honorary degree at its graduation ceremony this week.

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Andrew Forbes – MBA Master of Business Administration

Andrew Forbes – MBA Master of Business Administration

Following in his father’s footsteps from more than 20 years ago, Turriff-raised Andrew Forbes has also earned his MBA and graduates from Robert Gordon University for the second time.

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Emily McNair - BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Recovering from pandemic-imposed redundancy, an unwavering 21-year-old from Moray, who thought university might not be for her, celebrates achieving a First-Class Honours degree in Accounting and Finance.

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Fiona Steven - BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance

Fiona Steven - BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance

An ambitious and resilient student from Caithness celebrates achieving a first-class BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance after finding the experience of moving away from home to attend university daunting.

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Phillip Wallace - BA (Hons) Management with Marketing

To achieve his dream of global travel and entrepreneurship, 21-year-old Phillip Wallace found his focus and drive at university; he graduates with honours as a Bachelor of Management and Marketing.

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Duncan Selbie - Doctor of Science

Duncan Selbie - Doctor of Science (DSc)

Leader in public health, Duncan Selbie, has been awarded an honorary degree from Robert Gordon University (RGU) at its graduation ceremony this week.

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Katherine Henderson - BA (Hons) Management

Katherine Henderson - BA (Hons) Management

Graduating with a First-Class Honours in Business Management, Katherine is building on the success of her third-year placement in the waste management industry and has secured a full-time graduate job in Aberdeen based Keenan Recycling company.

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Graham Hunter - Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

European football journalist and award-winning author, Graham Hunter, has been recognised with an honorary degree from Robert Gordon University (RGU).

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Sylvia Halkerston - Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

The first woman to be appointed as Lord Dean of Guild of the City of Aberdeen since its establishment in 1214 has been recognised by Robert Gordon University (RGU) with an honorary degree.

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Leanne Kelday – BSc Applied Social Sciences

Having endured an isolating pandemic experience, a determined 24-year-old who battled with self-doubt and lack of motivation is graduating with a First - Class Honours in BSc Applied Social Sciences.

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Agata Clark - Diploma in Professional Legal Practice

With a dream to pursue a career in the legal industry, Agata says she is extremely proud to be graduating with a Distinction in a Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (DPLP) which has given her the skills and confidence to hit the ground running as a trainee solicitor.

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Marley Lawrence - BA (Hons) Events Management

Marley Lawrence - BA (Hons) Events Management

A 22-year-old from Elgin helped to raise more than £12,500 for charities local to Robert Gordon University (RGU) before graduating with first class honours in Events Management.

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Morgan Davidson- LLB (Hons) Law

Having grown up in a deprived area in a low-income family, Morgan (23) describes her astonishment, disbelief and immense pride at being awarded a 2.1 (Hons) Degree in Law. As the first person in her family to go to University, Morgan, says never in her wildest dreams, did she think she’d graduate. She attributes her success to hard work, determination and a wonderful experience at RGU.

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Keir Smith - MEng Mechanical Engineering

Keir Smith - MEng Mechanical Engineering

With a passion for engineering and a family history in the profession, 23-year-old Keir Smith not only graduates from his MEng Mechanical Engineering course with distinction but does so with four job offers to choose from.

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Daisy McCran - BA (Hons) Media

Daisy McCran - BA (Hons) Media

From the age of 11, Daisy McCran wanted to study Media at university. On Wednesday 13 July, she graduated with honours as a Bachelor of Arts in Media from Robert Gordon University (RGU).

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Jake Newby - BSc (Hons) Cyber Security

Jake Newby - BSc (Hons) Cyber Security

A 22-year-old from Alford with ambitions of becoming an Azure Solutions Architect has graduated from Robert Gordon University (RGU) with first class honours.

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Farah Abou Aichi – BA (Hons) Media

Farah Abou Aichi – BA (Hons) Media

After working part-time alongside her studies throughout the global pandemic, a 22-year-old from Inverness is ready for the next steps in her career after graduating from Robert Gordon University (RGU) as a Bachelor of Arts with honours.

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Kellis Reid - BA (Hons) Communication Design, Illustration and Photography

Moray based graduate, Kellis Reid, feels proud to have accomplished their degree in Communication Design and is looking forward to supporting the local economy and the creative offering in the North-East of Scotland.

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Katrina Cruickshank - MSc in Advancing Nursing Practice

A dedicated and determined Moray-based mature student juggled a full-time job as an NHS Grampian Nurse and her family commitments to once again return to RGU to earn a master’s degree.

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Lena Forsyth - BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science

A determined soon to be NHS Biomedical Scientist from Aberdeenshire is graduating with a First-Class Honours in BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science.

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Caroline Hendry - BA (Hons) Fine Art

With family connections to Robert Gordon University's (RGU) campus and having always known she wanted to be an artist, Caroline Hendry, is graduating with a First Class Honours and is looking forward to a career in the Fine Art world.

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Emmajane Kingaby - BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice

With a passion for Art and Design, Emmajane returned to education, fulfilling a lifelong ambition to pursue a career in the creative sector. She is now graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Contemporary Art Practice from Gray's School of Art, and is the winner of the first ever Principal’s Award for Fine Art.

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Erin Anderson – BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology

Having had a personal bereavement shortly before starting University, Erin Anderson feels extremely proud to have successfully made it through her four years of study and to be starting her first graduate job as an Assistant Architectural Technician.

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Zack Ellis - BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching

A passionate football player who never expected to go to university has demonstrated his talent and resilience outside the field as he balanced multiple jobs and full-time studies to achieve a BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching.

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