It is always a privilege to be part of something special, and surely little can match the pomp and majesty of a formal academic graduation ceremony?
The Plymouth University graduation ceremonies are held every September on Plymouth Hoe. A vast, grand marquee is erected in the shadow of Smeaton's Tower, with splendid and far reaching views across the Sound to Drake's Island and beyond. It's a stunning backdrop for a very special occasion.
Large numbers of undergraduates dressed in full academic robes of orange and black, mill around chattering excitedly, whilst proud parents and family members look on. It's a real spectacle and there is a tangible feeling of optimism and joy in the air.
I'm here to present Thom Skinner and Shaun Jones with a student prize. The Toucan typography award is an annual prize given to the student, or students who, in my opinion, demonstrates excellence in the design and application of typography in their work. Thom, Shaun and his peers are graduating with honours from the highly regarded Graphic Communication degree. The culmination of three years of hard work.
Ollie Eskriett, our new junior designer is also amongst those graduating today. It's great to see them shaking the hand of the University's Deputy Vice Chancellor and collecting their certificates to cheers and rounds of applause. It brought back great memories of my own graduation day way back in 1992.
So 'well done' to all those fresh designers, artists and photographers who have just graduated – you've done well. Now it's time to take the next steps on your creative journey.