It’s that time of the year where we say a fond farewell to students who, having finished their programme of study, are going to be attending their graduation ceremonies.

After all the exams have been finished and marked, all the coursework has been moderated and all of the dissertations now handed back, students will return to Southampton for one last hurrah as they don the hat and robe and collect their certificates confirming that they have finished their studies and will be going into the world with a degree.

Around 5,000 students will attend Graduation at the University of Southampton this week, alongside seven leading figures from the fields of business, chemistry, engineering, Jewish history, maritime and poetry who will receive honorary degrees.

For many students, graduation ceremonies mark three years of hard work and a lot of time spent in the library, but they also represent a lot more than just the academic side of university. For many, university signified leaving home for the first time, making friends with people you may not have ever spoken to or trying something new and joining a society that you would never have considered.

Baroness Martha Lane-Fox, businesswoman, philanthropist, and co-founder of Lastminute.com; Richard Sadler, Chief Executive Officer of Lloyd’s Register Group; Professor William Webb, President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) – Europe’s largest Professional Engineering body; Professor Martin Goodman, Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford; and Southampton graduate and Deputy Chair of the University Council Ros Rivaz will join this year’s graduates at ceremonies held on the University’s Highfield Campus.

The University will also be awarding Fellowships to World War 2 poet, Captain Dennis Wilson from Southampton, who is known as ‘The Wilfred Owen of World War II’ and Southampton graduate Professor Andrew Bell, Chief Technical Officer for Defence Science and Technical Laboratory (DSTL).

The Graduation ceremonies will take place in the Turner Sims and the Nuffield from Wednesday 15 July to Thursday 23 July.

For more information check out www.southampton.ac.uk/graduation