The School of Journalism is thrilled to be hosting a graduation ceremony for the classes of 2020 and 2021 this summer, with a star guest speaker presenting awards to the most accomplished grads. 

This ceremony has been a long time in the making, after both cohorts were unable to attend a formal graduation due to pandemic restrictions.

Graduation will be held on Friday 1 July at The International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester, and Sky News correspondent Inzamam Rashid will deliver a speech and present the academic awards.

Graduation for the classes of 2022 will take place later this year.

As a correspondent based in the north of England, Rashid was named as a ’30 to Watch’ winner in the news category in 2021, and received an Asian Media Award for his reporting of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

His ground-breaking reporting recently highlighted the disproportionate impact Covid-19 has had on ethnic minority communities, exposed dozens of toxic waste dumps across the UK, and covered international cricket returning to Pakistan.

Photo of Inzamam Rashid wearing a suit with a white shirt and a red tie, smiling, wearing glasses with a white background

Sky News correspondent Inzamam Rashid will be the star guest speaker at our graduation ceremony

School of Journalism graduates will get the chance to celebrate their hard work and achievements together alongside Rashid, our journalism tutors, and guests from the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

Our innovative BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism degree programme allows trainees to not only earn a degree, but also leave with the all-important NCTJ diploma, viewed as the benchmark of excellence for journalists in the industry.

100% of all our graduates in 2020 and 2021 achieved their gold-standard NCTJ diploma, including 100 words-per-minute shorthand.

All our 2021 graduates also achieved a first-class degree in multimedia journalism, accredited by Plymouth Marjon University.

News Associates editorial development manager Lucy Dyer said: “We’re incredibly proud of our graduates, especially as they were so committed to achieving brilliant, record-breaking results during a global pandemic.

“We can’t wait to mark their successes at our first, in-person graduation, to give them the celebration they really deserve.

“A lot of thought has gone into planning this graduation as we welcome back some old and some famous faces!

“We’re delighted Manchester-based broadcast journalist Inzamam Rashid will be speaking at our event at The International Anthony Burgess Foundation – an apt speaker at a fitting venue!

“The event is also the perfect time to thank our dedicated tutors who work tirelessly to help our trainees achieve their potential.”

The graduation venue has been carefully chosen to reflect a long history of excellent journalism in the city of Manchester – Anthony Burgess (1917-1993) was a famous author, composer, and journalist born in the city, best known for his dystopian novel The Clockwork Orange.

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