A SEA of caps and gowns surrounded Winchester Cathedral for the beginning of the University’s graduation ceremonies.

More than 2,000 students from Winchester University are graduating from October 18 to October 21 inside the cathedral.

Gowns, caps, and purple hoods are filling Winchester High Street as pupils who completed their degrees, masters, and PHDs this year sign in at the Guildhall before queuing up for their graduation.

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After an introduction from Vice-Chancellor Sarah Greer, Dr John Richardson, the programme leader from Greentech South, handed students their degrees on October 18, with Law graduate Ella Andress being the very first from the class of 2022 to receive her degree.

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The University of Winchester’s Music Centre has recruited the help of primary school choirs such as Stanmore to help open the ceremonies with a song from Matilda the musical.

Among the usual courses, this year sees the first cohort of students from Winchester's nursing courses, who began in 2019, celebrate getting their degree.

As well as student success the University is recognising public figures, who will receive honorary doctorates and fellowships throughout the week. Recipients of honorary doctorates in this year’s ceremonies include award-winning journalist Melanie Reid, author Claire Fuller, paralympic champion Aaron Phipps and former Vice-Chancellor Professor Joy Carter.

All ceremonies are being live-streamed online and inside the Great Hall for those who could not get a ticket to watch. For more go to iamagraduate.co.uk/winchester/.

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Click through the gallery at the top of the page to see photos of graduates celebrating outside the cathedral.