Professor Cox told graduands: ‘Congregations are an important celebration for so many: for individuals who have made an enormous investment of time and energy over a sustained period; for members of staff who have supported students throughout their studies and in their broader life at the University; and for families and friends who have provided emotional, social and financial help and encouragement.
‘Kent students really are amazing. Every year, we are inundated with nominations for the Kent Student Awards, a scheme that recognises the outstanding contribution students make to the Kent student experience. And every year, we hear incredible stories of our students’ achievements, many of which are inspiring and humbling.
‘This year, our Student of the Year award recognised the contribution made to the local community, with the winner providing free legal assistance to vulnerable people. The Group of the Year award went to the Kent Caribbean Society for running events that share and represent Caribbean culture.
‘In addition, student volunteering adds hugely to the wider community – Kent students have provided nearly 100,000 hours of voluntary work to local charities and organisations.’