Class of 2022

Friday 17 June 2022

Twin sisters who studied for the same degree and were awarded the same mark, a member of staff inspired by her daughter-in-law to take on an evening degree, and a St Andrews woman who has overcome health challenges to obtain her second degree just before she turns 70 were amongst those celebrating their graduation today (Monday 13 June) at the University of St Andrews as part of week-long celebrations of the Class of 2022 (Monday 13 to Friday 17 June).

Twin sisters, 23-year-old Danaja and Rebeka Kurnik, from Slovenia, both graduated with a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Film Studies and Psychology.

This year’s Fife Provost Prize winner Ann McDonald, a Business Development and Contracts Assistant at the University, is pictured with her daughter-in-law Rachel Wilson. Both women were celebrating being awarded an MA (Gen) Arts degree. In addition to the Fife Provost’s Prize, Ann was awarded two other academic prizes – she made the Deans’ List and was given a medal for her performance in an Information Technology module.

St Andrews woman Dr Marion Kemp fulfilled her dream of securing an Arts degree, graduating with an MA (Gen) Combined Studies. Marion, who already has a medical degree, praised the University’s disability unit for helping her overcome health challenges whilst studying. Marion is pictured with her husband Ian; their son, Graeme, is a project manager in the School of History.

Vinayak Shastri, from Karnataka in southern India, brought a tartan twist to graduation celebrations wearing a traditional Mysore peta turban with his kilt. Vinayak graduated with an MPhys (Hons) in Astrophysics.

Class of 2022 celebrate their graduation in St Salvator’s Quad, Monday 13 June 2022.

Academic success was celebrated at the University of St Andrews today (Tuesday 14 June) as students, their families and friends, dogs and even teddy bears attended the second day of graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2022.

Those celebrating their degree accomplishments included English graduate Olivia Houseman, who said her dog Luna played a huge part in helping her complete her degree whilst suffering illness, and English and Spanish graduate Eleanor Duce, who said she wouldn’t be without her travelling companion, Lester the teddy bear, who attended graduation in his own mini gown.

Graduation was, however, bittersweet for Anhelina Holoborodko, of Kherson, Ukraine who, in the absence of her family, was accompanied by her friend third-year Computer Science and Economics student Artem Rakhmanov, from Kyiv, and other friends.

Eleanor Duce from London with Lester, her teddy from birth. Lester has his own Instagram account and is a well-travelled bear, accompanying Eleanor while she studied in Peru for a year as part of her English and Spanish degree.

English graduate and Principal’s Medal nominee, Olivia Houseman, with her mini motivator, Luna.

Tom Davis, who graduated with joint Honours in Maths and Physics, with his family.

University triathlon club members Matthew Coudert, from New York, who graduated in Mathematics, and Tom Bolam-Peel, who graduated in International Relations and Russian.

Yiyang Xu, from the Henan province of China, graduated in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Her garland was made by a friend to mark graduation day.

Carl Montreuil (left), from Ottawa, wearing the uniform of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, with Lee Smith, from Wales, from the British Army. Both graduated with a degree in International Relations.

Anhelina Holoborodko, of Kherson, Ukraine, who graduated with a BSc Honours in Mathematics and Physics.

International Relations graduate Sachairi Nixon (centre) from Renfrewshire, with brother Elliot (left) and boyfriend Kyle Angel Leeson (right).

The Class of 2022 celebrate their graduation in St Salvator’s Quad, Tuesday 14 June 2022.

The sun shone on the University of St Andrews Class of 2022 as graduates celebrated their degree success today (Wednesday 15 June).

Sarah Paddock celebrated her degree in Biology and Psychology with her canine companion, Piper. Sarah, who is from Birmingham, intends to train as a primary school teacher in either Aberdeen or the Highlands and Islands.

The Caribbean is calling for Biochemistry graduate Rol-J Williams from Saint Kitts and Nevis. Rol-J has spent the last four years in St Andrews after taking the direct entry route and now plans to undertake a medical degree at the University of the West Indies.

Hong Kong-born Eva Wong, of Hillsborough, Northern Ireland, celebrated obtaining a First Class Master of Chemistry with her mum and sister. As part of her degree course, Eva enjoyed an Erasmus-funded industrial placement at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry in Germany as well as a placement in Oxford.

Jo Robbins King, from Essex, is seven months pregnant and graduated with an MSc (Res) in Pollination Ecology.

Pictured in Norwegian national dress is Anders Chirico Indrebø – his mother spent a year making the outfit. He graduated with an MSc Integrated Computer Science degree.

Celebrating their success in the Class of 2022 (from left) are Biology and Sustainable Development graduates Leia Pol and Piper Cole with friends Emily Lewis, who graduated in Behavioural Biology, and Nicoline Winding, who graduated in Marine Biology.

Sean Nwachukwu from Hertfordshire is pictured with his grandfather’s University scarf. His grandfather. the late Dr Michael Mbah, graduated with a medical degree from St Andrews in 1963. Sean graduated with a degree in Chemistry today.

The Class of 2022 celebrate their graduation in St Salvator’s Quad, Wednesday 15 June 2022.

Graduations took place at the University of St Andrews today with students of Art History, History, Classics, Divinity, and Economics & Finance all celebrating their success (Thursday 16 June).

The new President of the Students’ Association, Juan Pablo Rodríguez Jiménez, from Queretaro, Mexico, who graduated with an MA Medieval History and Archaeology. Juan Pablo intends to pursue a Masters in Archaeological Science in Oxford after his sabbatical and hopes to return to St Andrews later in life to work as a lecturer in the School of History or the School of Classics with a focus on Archaeology.

Graduates from the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and their tutors celebrate their academic success.

Natasha Jordan, of Dundee, who graduated with an MA (Hons) History, is pictured with mum Sonia, step-dad Simon, sister Hannah and uncle Aron Kirkpatrick, who came from his home in Northern Ireland to attend the ceremony. Natasha hopes to become a history teacher after completing a PGDE.

Stuart Campbell, of Ayrshire, combined studying for a degree in Classics with undertaking advanced Royal Naval Reserve officer training at HMS Scotia, volunteering for the local coastguard and working in the Keys bar. Stuart is pictured with friend Conor Huang, a third year International Relations and Management student.

University Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Sally Mapstone, is pictured at the Thanksgiving Sermon in St Salvator’s Chapel. The Preacher at the Service was Honorary Graduate, Professor Carole Hillenbrand CBE.

The Class of 2022 celebrate their graduation in St Salvator’s Quad with friends, family, dogs, balloons and flowers (Wednesday 15 June 2022).

Issued by the University of St Andrews Communications Office.

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