DMU Graduations

This week DMU graduations are underway. To celebrate I have taken a look at what the archive holds about graduations.

Prize giving 1911 031

As an institution, DMU could not grant degrees for most of its history. Students of the Leicester Municipal Technical and Art Schools or the Leicester Colleges of Art and Technology were examined externally, for example, taking the qualifications of the City and Guilds of London Institute. Examination results were listed in local newspapers and awards were given out at an annual prize giving ceremony such as the one advertised above.

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It was not until the Colleges became Leicester Polytechnic that the institution could award its own degrees. Above is the cover of the first degree ceremony brochure.

These degree ceremony brochures have changed a lot through time:

Commemorative booklet 1988 024

Commemorative booklet 1992026

Commemorative booklet 1996025

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The format of the ceremonies themselves, however, have changed little:

Graduation 1975 022  Graduation 1975 023

Graduation ceremony, 1975

Graduation 1989 027

Graduation ceremony, 1989

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Graduation ceremony, 1996

Lincoln ceremony 1996 032

When DMU had campuses in Bedford, Milton Keynes and Lincoln, graduations were held locally. This is the 1996 ceremony in Lincoln Cathedral.

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There are some recordings of graduation ceremonies held in the Archive. This is the cover of the VHS recording of the 2000 graduation ceremony.

About Katharine Short

When I was 13 every careers questionnaire I did at school suggested I become an archivist. In rebellion I studied History of Art at Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute before giving in to the inevitable and undertaking a qualification in Archives Administration at Aberystwyth University. I worked at King’s College London Archives and the London Metropolitan Archives before becoming the Archivist here at DMU in January 2013. My role is hugely varied: answering enquiries and assisting researchers, sorting, cataloguing, cleaning and packaging archival material, managing our environmentally controlled storage areas, giving seminars, talks and tours, researching aspects of University history, liaising with potential donors and advocating for the importance of archives within the organisation. I am one of those incredibly fortunate people who can say ‘I love my job’ and really mean it.
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