Although the official notification of my PhD award was sent on July 1, the graduation ceremony is a moment to savour and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
The graduation ceremonies at the University of Salford were spread out over a number of days and mine was ceremony 10 on July 17 at 4.15pm at the Lowry Theatre, MediaCityUK, Salford.
It was hot, sunny day and after being fitted with my graduation robes there was time for a few photos before the last call to be seated.
The ceremony lasted for an hour or so, but the only minute that really counted was when my name was called and I walked across the red carpet.
After the ceremony I met my supervisor, Professor George McKay, who was absolutely delighted that in 2014 five of his PhD students completed, including me of course! It was a wonderful day that I will cherish for years to come.