It was a memorable occasion for the newest graduates of the University of Roehampton, London Online programmes as they recently gathered from all parts of the world with their families and friends to celebrate their graduation at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
The graduates have earned degrees from the MBA and MSc in Project Managementprogrammes, and there were several others who were the first to earn the university’s online MSc in Information Systems Management. Together with the first online graduates who participated in the February 2016 ceremony, they comprise the inaugural 2016 graduating cohort.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul O’Prey, “the University of Roehampton, through our colleges, has a long tradition of providing higher education lasting 175 years. We are committed to expanding access to education, ensuring that all of our students become the kind of graduates that employers value.
“We introduced online master’s programmes in 2012 in order to provide the opportunity to gain a Roehampton degree to a wider range of students from across the world. We are delighted to see so many of our online students graduate this year.”
The online graduates had the option to attend the ceremony in person and graduate with the university’s campus-based students at the Royal Festival Hall in the heart of London’s South Bank Arts and Cultural Quarter.
One of the graduands, OluchiAnih, an MSc in Information Systems Management graduate from Abuja, Nigeria, who attended the ceremony and events with her family said: “Having worked in the financial sector for nine years, I consider the Nigerian banking industry to be one of the most technologically driven sectors in the country.
“I chose Roehampton’s online programme because I wanted to develop my managerial competencies and be able to make strategic decisions that would support my organisation through using innovative technology.”
“Since beginning my degree I have been promoted, and recently I received a commendation from management, so my efforts have paid off more than I could have imagined.”
Currently, students from more than 150 countries study online with the university. Designed for adult learners, the fully online learning model delivers contemporary online programmes reflecting the world in which its students live and work. Through these programmes, students gain the critical thinking skills and practical knowledge they need to expand their expertise and advance their careers.
Roehampton Online offers a portfolio of online master’s degrees in areas of study including business and management, psychology, public administration, public health, education and theology.