Chinese graduates celebrate time in Bristol at University’s first Shanghai Graduation

The University of Bristol’s most recent graduates were given the opportunity to celebrate with family and friends at a UK-style Graduation Celebration in Shanghai. 

This is the first time the University has hosted such an event in Shanghai and follows hugely successful degree ceremonies in Beijing in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Over 250 recent graduates and their friends and family attended the inaugural graduation celebration in Shanghai, along with the University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-President and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dr Erik Lithander, and the University’s largest ever delegation of staff and academics to visit China.

The ceremony’s Distinguished Guest was Bristol alumnus, Professor Weicheng Cui, one of China’s leading scientists and a pioneer of deep-sea research.

“Today was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our most recent graduates here in China. Graduation is such an important part of a UK education and it’s a privilege to be able to host an event here in Shanghai where graduates can share the experience with their family and friends and be welcomed to our alumni community.

“The energy in the room today was electric! It is certainly one of the greatest honours as President and Vice-Chancellor to be able to greet each graduate on stage and wish them the best in their future lives and careers,” said President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, Professor Hugh Brady.

“I am so proud of my country so to be able to graduate in Shanghai was very special. It was extra special to have my parents here,” said Wantao Huang who graduated with a MSc in Biomedical Engineering. “I now work for Siemens here in China and having a degree from the University of Bristol has really helped with my career.”

“This has been the best reunion ever. Meeting all my friends from Bristol again in China has been great. I feel very proud to be able to graduate from Bristol here in China,” said Feng Zhu who graduated with a MSc in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

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