Sir Bob Murray has attended his first graduation ceremony as Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University.
As part of his Chancellor role Bob made a speech congratulating students on their academic success.
Welcoming the graduands and their families, Bob encouraged the ceremony to be a celebration by saying: “We are here to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the School of Social, Psychological and Communication Sciences.
“I am asking you all to give whole hearted applause and cheering throughout the ceremony. Let’s make this a real celebration.”
Bob praised graduands for their hard work throughout their time at university: “Believe me, I find it positively humbling to stand on this stage greeting you and congratulating you.
“I am under no illusion as to the amount of time, sacrifice and sheer commitment demonstrated by you all.
“You have shown great tenacity and spirit. You set a goal, you achieved it. You are entitled to feel very, very proud.”
Addressing the University staff, Bob added: “I thank and congratulate the educators, mentors, advisors and staff of this very special university for their dedication in advancing your education.
Bob also offered inspirational advice to the students about to graduate and embark on the next chapter of their lives; “Focus on working hard, be determined to learn more, aim to become better at what you do best and aspire to a life of adventure and achievement.”
“I wish you good luck and great fortune. In whatever task you set yourself, you go equipped. Do it well, and you will end up amazing yourself!”
Bob was installed as Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University in an official ceremony in January at the university’s Great Hall.
Bob’s connection with the university dates back to 1969 when he moved to Yorkshire to study accountancy part-time at Leeds Polytechnic.
In 2008, Bob was awarded an honorary doctorate in business administration for his contribution to business and sport by the university.