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Friday 1st February was a special day for international students at the University of Chester.

We held a special graduation ceremony at our on-campus chapel which saw students from across the world presented with their academic awards.

Pushpa, a Master of Public Health student from Bangladesh shared her graduation experience with us.   

“When I started writing my dissertation, visualizing myself wearing the graduation robe and mortarboard was the only thing that kept me going day and night. Actually wearing them and attending the ceremony with my colleagues and in the presence of all of my teachers was a surreal experience! The venue of the ceremony, being a chapel built by students for the students when the university was first established 180 years ago made the whole day feel as if it was out of a fantasy book. The traditions, the national anthem, the hymns and the costumes all made for a ceremony rich with British culture. After spending more than a year in the UK working on my master’s degree, it felt like a rite of passage of sorts. 

I was lucky enough to have both my parents fly in all the way to the UK to attend my graduation. Preparing for the day was quite hectic; made even more so due to the intense snow that hit northwest England two days prior to the ceremony. They enjoyed the occasion and the overall experience immensely. We later went to a famous Chester hotel for a traditional English Afternoon Tea. It seemed like the perfect way to celebrate my graduation after the ceremony.

My year in Chester changed my perspective on public health in more ways than I can describe. I started with an ambition of working in global health and ended up, with the help of university, working in a multi-sector environment where I get to work with people on local, national and international levels. The University of Chester offers a unique experience where you as a student, get to tailor your own postgraduate experience depending on your aspirations and dreams. I'd definitely recommend it to other international students. “

Watch Pushpa describe her experience on the Master of Public Health Programme at Chester below.


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