Sunday, 21 November 2010

Graduation successses and Christmassy Birmingham - Friday 19th November 2010

A great day for
many graduands from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, receiving their Diplomas at a huge ceremony in the Birmingham Symphony Hall.
I was invited to present two prizes to the top students in the Professional Diploma (Suzanna Barr) and the Professional Post-graduate Diploma (Sarah McDonnell). Many congratulations to them all.
The first picture shows one of the academics, robing up. On the right are Junior Warden (and member of the CIM Senate), Sally Muggeridge, with the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, whose robes put us all in the shade.
A dignified ceremony, with good speeches from President (and Past Master) Sir Paul Judge, Chairman (and Liveryman) Chris Lenton, and the Dean of the Senate, Professor Robin Wensley. I was impressed by how business-like all the students looked, dressed as if for an interview - a nice sign of their self-respect.
On the way back I walked through a wonderful Christmas fair in Birmingham's New Street. Rustic German huts selling crafts, sweets, clothes, food and drink from the Frankfurt region. This tower was blasting out the music alongside the frankfurter stalls and the beer drinkers.

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