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Students enjoy their big day in stage as university honours them at graduation

It was a time for pageantry and celebrations for students as their big day on stage arrived.

The theatre was the venue throughout the week for graduation ceremonies

Students from across the country descended on Wolverhampton University to be bedecked in their robes and fitted for a mortar board before taking to the stage of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre for their graduation ceremonies.

The Harrison Library in the Ambika Paul Building on the main city campus was a hive of activity on Tuesday, with students from the Faculty of Arts, Business and Social Sciences and their guests arriving to get their robes and take photos in front of the celebratory balloon displays.

Journalism graduates Lauren Langton from Perton and Jade Stuart from Tettenhall celebrate their big day

It was the latest in a busy week of graduation ceremonies for the university, which had started on Thursday, September 14 and which would conclude on Friday, September 22 and saw thousands of students getting honours ranging from Foundation degrees to Masters to PhD's.

Three ceremonies a day were taking place at the Grand Theatre and leading figures from the university praised all those getting the rewards for their hard work.

Professor John Raftery, Interim Vice-Chancellor at the University, said: “Graduations are one of the most important and uplifting events on our calendar.

Mary Lees, Ebony Golder, Eve Whitfield, Charlotte Webb and Grace Chaplain strike a pose before hitting the stage

"It offers our graduates a chance to celebrate their wonderful achievements with friends, family and supporters and the wider University community.

"It’s also an opportunity for staff to show how very proud we are of our graduates and to send them on their way with our blessings and good wishes as they embark on the next steps of their journey."

The parents and invited guests gather in the dress circle and upper gallery to see the graduation ceremony

David Wedge, Deputy Head of Alumni Relations, at the University, said: “Graduation is always an exciting time for the University and the City, as it turns into a sea of caps and gowns with students and staff proudly processing through the streets.