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University of Roehampton Celebrates Inaugural Graduation of Online Students

Roehampton, London – 12 February 2016 – The first cohort of graduates from the University of Roehampton, London Online programmes gathered from all corners of the world and celebrated together with events and a graduation ceremony held at the Royal Festival Hall in London on 8 February 2016.

The University of Roehampton, London, has a proud 175-year history of expanding access to education. The institution introduced a suite of online programmes in 2012 to increase access to quality masters degree programmes to more people worldwide.

“Since the establishment of Whitelands College in 1841 as the first all-women training college, we have continued our long-standing commitment to enabling access to education. With the introduction of our online programmes, we are now providing more students with a life-changing experience and a stepping stone towards a brighter future,” said Professor Paul O’Prey, Vice-Chancellor for the University. “Our online students have achieved a personal milestone through hard work, commitment and dedication, and I’m delighted to welcome our first online graduates to the University’s global community of over 70,000 alumni.”

Students as far away as Nigeria and Oman, having engaged through the online global classroom and social platforms for the last several years, graduated together with the University’s campus-based students at the Royal Festival Hall, in the heart of London’s South Bank arts and cultural quarter.

“What I enjoyed most about studying online with Roehampton was the interaction with my fellow students; it was very enriching and fruitful. I learned a lot from practitioners around the world, including their approaches to solving problems and developing innovations,” said Valentina Maggiulli, a programme coordinator for a feminist peace organisation and an online Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate who attended the ceremony and events. “Studying online was the perfect opportunity for me to broaden my horizons while maintaining a busy and demanding full-time job.”

The first cohort of online graduates was from the MBA and MSc in Project Management programmes. Online graduates had the option to attend the graduation ceremony in person.

Currently, students from more than 150 countries choose to 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 masters degrees in areas of study including business and management, psychology, public administration, public health, education and theology. For more information about the University of Roehampton’s online programmes, please visit https://online.roehampton.ac.uk.

About the University of Roehampton, London Online
Located in London, the University of Roehampton has a proud history that dates back 175 years. Today, working professionals from more than 150 countries have chosen to study online and earn a quality education assured by the UK government’s Quality Assurance Agency.

Roehampton Online believes that learning is a life-changing and lifelong journey that provides access to a brighter future, and offers a range of online masters programmes that have been designed to enrich students’ knowledge and help them develop practical skills that can be applied immediately and promote career advancement. For information about Roehampton’s online programmes, visit https://online.roehampton.ac.uk. These programmes are provided in partnership with online learning expert, Laureate Online Education. For more information about Laureate, visit www.laureate.net.