DMU Class of 2017 celebrate at graduation ceremonies

By Matt Earth

Students have been celebrating the “amazing” feeling of graduating from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) in the graduation ceremonies held last week.

Lucy Stebbings, who graduated from the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Adult Nursing on Wednesday, said: “It was the best day of my life.”

She added: “To have got through three years of hell and to have a whole room of people congratulating you on it all is overwhelming.”

“I didn’t expect to feel so happy when I received the piece of paper.”


DMU kick-started its Class of 2017 Winter graduation ceremonies held at the award-winning events centre, The Venue@DMU on Tuesday last week.

Miss Stebbings said many of her fellow graduates were nervous prior to the ceremonies but were relieved to have finally finished their degrees.

She now works full-time as a nurse in Peterborough, and her parents are “really proud” of her achievement.

“I remember sitting back down and feeling really emotional. I had to open the envelope just to make sure the degree was actually in there,” she added.

Among the graduates on Wednesday was Claudio Ranieri, the Leicester City manager and the man behind last season’s Premier League triumph.

Mr Ranieri was awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts degree.

Dominic Shellard, the Vice-Chancellor of DMU, said Mr Ranieri was honoured “for what he has done for our city of Leicester and for his personal qualities which represent all that is best in sport.”

Leicester City player Christian Fuchs was also present, where he paraded his ‘No Fuchs Given’ fashion range and officially opened the new-look Students’ Union building.

Prof Shellard simply tweeted that Wednesday was a “super day”.

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