The achievements of more than 6,600 graduates have been celebrated at the annual ceremonies
The cinematographer behind some of the most acclaimed movies of all time and the current Master of the King’s Music are being celebrated alongside the achievements of more than 6,600 graduates at the University of Plymouth’s 2023 graduation ceremonies.
Sir Roger Deakins CBE – best known for films including The Shawshank Redemption, A Beautiful Mind, No Country for Old Men and Skyfall – has been presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Arts in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film.
Judith Weir CBE – who has written music for national occasions including the Platinum Jubilee and the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla – has also received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts, acknowledging her outstanding contribution to music.
Other notable figures to be honoured during the ceremonies include: TV presenter Philip Mould OBE, best known for the BBC show Fake or Fortune; Dame Suzi Leather DME DL, the incoming chair of the Alzheimer’s Society; and Professor Sir Duncan Wingham, former Executive Chair of the Natural Environment Research Council.

Graduation is an important week for the whole University. It serves as a celebration of the hard work that has brought our graduates to this moment, and the support they have received from the University and their families along the way. It is also a week when we share our successes with the wider community and our former students, who will always be an integral part of our University.

Judith Petts CBEJudith Petts CBE

Graduation week features a total of 15 ceremonies as well as a range of other events.
These include the annual Civic Dinner in The Box, which gives the University an opportunity to celebrate its achievements over the past year with leading figures from across the South West and beyond.
An alumni reunion event also takes place in the Graduation Marquee, providing former students with the chance to catch up with old friends.

A celebration of success

Our graduation ceremonies are an opportunity for graduates, their friends and family to join with university staff and invited guests in celebrating their successes. They also provide the University with a chance to reward notable figures from across the world with Honorary Awards, in recognition of their contribution to their chosen field and to society as a whole.
Students celebrating graduation on Plymouth Hoe

Alumni community

Graduating from Plymouth means you're now part of a thriving alumni community making a difference across the world. We're incredibly proud of you and hope you feel the same way about us.
Your connection with us offers you many benefits from networking to lifelong learning.
Graduation 2016