BG TO MARK 150TH ANNIVERSARY WITH SERVICE OF CELEBRATION
2nd February 2012
Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln will celebrate 150 years of commitment to learning, the pursuit of wisdom and service to the community with a celebration in Lincoln Cathedral on Thursday 16th February.
The service of celebration is the focal moment of a year of celebration, commemorating all that BG’s students, graduates and staff have achieved over the last 150 years.
The service will also recognise past students who received a Certificate in Education at the end of their studies, rather than a degree, thus never having the opportunity to attend a graduation ceremony.
“We want to publicly recognise the huge commitment and achievement of those who trained to teach before the days of the BEd, BA, BSc and the like,” said BG Principal Professor Muriel Robinson.
“Students from as far back as the 1940s will cross the stage and be entered into our Roll of Honour on 16th February, and we hope that as many people as possible will join us in the cathedral for the service.”
BG expects more than 110 past students to attend the service, including nearly 60 who never had the opportunity to take part in an official graduation ceremony.
These alumni, including Sheila Chambers, a graduate of BG class of 1953, will take part in the Roll of Honour part of the service by wearing caps and gowns while accepting their degrees.
Sheila said: “When my class graduated BG in the ‘50s, all we had was a Going Down Dance and that was it. It’s lovely that BG is giving the old students an experience we didn’t get when we finished years ago, especially since the college didn’t have to include us in the celebration.
“The service will be a true family occasion for me because I’ll be sharing it with my children and grandchildren, along with my BG family. My classmates and I still keep in touch with the friends we made during our time there, and the experience we all shared at BG put us in good stead for years of teaching.”
Admission to the service at 10.30am is free, no tickets are required and all are welcome to attend. Those who would like to share this very special occasion with the college are asked to be seated inside Lincoln Cathedral by 10.15am.
BG will continue celebrating its 150th anniversary with several other events planned throughout the year including a Homecoming Weekend and Alumni Reunion from 4thto 6thMay 2012.
Notes to editors
- Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln was established in January 1862 and celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2012.
- It is an independent higher education institution based in Lincoln and awarding its own degrees at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level.