On 14 March over 1,900 students from St George's, University of London and Kingston University crossed the stage at South Bank's Royal Festival Hall to graduate from their courses.

SGUL Graduation 2018

Students from the Departments of Paramedics, Radiography, Rehabilitation Services, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Care and Teacher Education took part, accompanied by family, friends and the academics that have taught them throughout their time with the University.

We were lucky enough to speak to some of our students about their experiences at St George's, their future plans, and how they were feeling about this momentous day.

Tasnim, a graduate of Diagnostic Radiography said: “It's a proud moment for myself and my family. I've started work as a radiographer at West Middlesex Hospital. Ideally I want to do a master's in ultrasound, I've really enjoyed the placements I've done in that area so far.”

We also spoke to some of our Paramedic Science graduates. Leah, in attendance with her mum, said: “I'm really excited! The lecturers were always lovely and very helpful. The skills labs were really interesting and Tooting is such a fun location to learn.”

Lisa Clancy and Joanne Benett, who work as colleagues in the London Ambulance Service, graduated from the Master's in Advanced Healthcare Practice and Diploma in Paramedic Practice, respectively, were enthusiastic about their experience.

Jo said; “Myself and Lisa work together for the London ambulance service. I'm honestly really excited! I've waited 38 years to wear a flat hat.”

Lisa added, “I'll always remember from my time at St George's that when I started my dissertation I was pregnant with my first child and when I finished it I was pregnant with my second.”

Academics from St George's were also extremely proud of their graduating classes and as excited as the students for this momentous day.

Lucie Llewelyn, Nursing Associate course lead, witnessed the first of the cohorts she's taught. “Words can't quite express how proud I am of all our graduates,” she said, “There have been ups and downs, tears and joy but I couldn't have shared this experience with a more fantastic group of people.”

Chris Baker, Paramedic Science course lead also spoke about seeing his first cohort of graduates collect their degrees. “It's such a proud day to see our first cohort of Paramedic Science BSc students graduate,” he said. “So many graduating achieved strong grades and I'm sure they will go on to do great things in their careers.”

Matt Zasada, Physiotherapy BSc course lead added, “I'm enormously proud of each and every one of our graduates. They have given up a huge amount and have studied physiotherapy as they want to make a difference in the world which I am sure they will go on to do.”

Speaking about the graduation, Associate Dean for Student Experience and Head of Radiography, Marcus Jackson, also added, “This is my favourite day of the year witnessing the success of our graduates. I'm extremely proud of their achievements and I'm confident we are sending highly skilled radiographers into the NHS.”

Congratulations to all of our graduates, we are extremely proud of you all. Welcome to the St George's alumni family, make sure you keep in touch with us here at St George's – we would love to know what you've been up to.