Graduation

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Collage of five graduates with mortars and certificates

We are very sorry we can't be with you in person for your graduation this year. We know how important graduation and award ceremonies are for all our students, so we thought you would like to hear some special messages. 

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A message from our Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal

As chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands, I would like to congratulate you all on your achievements during these challenging times.

Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal's message transcript content

Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal's message transcript

Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal's message transcript

As Chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands, I would like to congratulate all of this year’s graduates on successfully completing your studies. Almost two academic years of those studies have been done remotely and you have worked hard and shown great determination to get to where you are today.

Gaining qualifications always requires dedication, but again this year, students have faced additional challenges. As the Coronavirus pandemic swept across the world, all our lives changed in some way.

It has been a difficult and uncertain time for everyone, so I would like to commend the adaptability and creativity you have shown in completing your studies and the support to your fellow students, your friends, your family and your community.

Many of you volunteered in providing COVID information or volunteered in the frontline response. Adaptability, creativity and kindness are valuable attributes which will be particularly important as the world moves on from the challenges of this pandemic.

Graduation is a key milestone in a person’s life, allowing you to reflect on our achievements. And now is a good moment to take some time to reflect on your studies here and your achievements, no matter how small they may seem. Every contribution is significant.

This year is also an important year for our university. We have welcomed our new Principal and Vie-Chancellor, Professor Todd Walker, and we are celebrating the university’s tenth birthday. Our partnership now has the largest student population in Scotland, with nearly 40,000 students studying further and higher education courses with us each year.

The university was created to have a transformational impact on our region, economy, people and our communities, making the best use of technology to ensure the best delivery and experience of distance learning. I think we can be proud of the impact we’ve had across the Highlands and Islands. As graduates, you will play a vital role in supporting this mission, across our region and beyond.

As you begin a new chapter of your life, please go forward with confidence, knowing that all of us across the university partnership support you and wish you every success for the future.

Wherever life takes you, I encourage you to keep in touch with us in years to come. The university is always here for you, whether you are looking for career advice or thinking about another course to enhance your skills.

As a new member of our growing alumni community, you will always be part of the University of the Highlands and Islands family.

Congratulations and good luck.

Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal Graduation transcript (PDF)

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Congratulations from the Principal of Argyll College UHI, Martin Jones

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Principal of Argyll College UHI's message transcript

Principal of Argyll College UHI's message transcript

We've got to the time of year where we would be ordinarily celebrating your achievements in a graduation ceremony. But unfortunately with the year that we've just had that's not possible. But there's a time for celebration nonetheless and UHI are going to kick off a week of digital celebrations.

And I just wanted to say a few words of congratulations to all of you who have achieved so much this year. It's been so difficult to study in amongst everything else that's been going on. So really hats off to all of you who've achieved so much in that time.

Some of you may have already marked this occasion already with your celebrations at home and have pictures with friends and family. And if you've got pictures that you have already or pictures that you might take in this period, please share them on social media, because we do like to see that.

So thanks again for all your hard work. Well done. And maybe we'll see you again as a student at Argyll College UHI in the future.

Argyll College UHI Principal, Martin Jones Graduation transcript (PDF)

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Congratulations from the President of the Highlands and Islands Students' Association, Flo Jansen

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President of the Highlands and Islands Students' Association message transcript

President of the Highlands and Islands Students' Association message transcript

Hi it’s Flo here, your HISA president and I wanted to congratulate you on your well- deserved success. I am so happy to share in the excitement of your graduation day, and so very proud of all your achievements of the last year.

You have truly, truly been incredible throughout such an unprecedented year and a half and it is really down to your passion, strength and resilience that you have made these accomplishments and we could not be prouder to have been able to be part of your journey but also to see you graduate successfully today. I’m wishing you all the best for your future.

HISA Regional President, Flo Jansen's Graduation transcript (PDF)