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2,900 new graduates join our alumni community this winter

6 December 2022

This winter, we have welcomed another 2,900 graduates to our global alumni community, with congregations taking place in Newcastle and Singapore. Congratulations all!

Graduands joined us on campus in Newcastle at the start of December for a week of congregations, celebrating the achievements of students who completed their studies between August and November 2022. These 2,500 graduands were also joined by three honorary graduates who were welcomed to Newcastle’s alumni community in recognition of their lifelong achievements.  

Meanwhile in Singapore, we have celebrated the graduations of 359 students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level during October and November 2022. Newcastle University has been teaching in Singapore since 2007, with a particular focus on the marine sector, engineering and science.

This year, we’re celebrating reaching the amazing milestone of 250,000 Newcastle University alumni around the world. We’re so excited to welcome our newest graduates from Newcastle and Singapore to this thriving community and can’t wait to see what you get up to next!

Meet our newest honorary graduates


Some of our alumni may remember our first honorary graduate Martyn Poliakoff, who was a Senior Research Officer at the University in the 1970s. Since then, Martyn has gone on to become an innovator in Green Chemistry and unlikely YouTube star, with his acclaimed series The Periodic Table of Videos. In 2019, Martyn was awarded the Longstaff Prize for the advancement of chemistry and we are thrilled to have him join our alumni community as an honorary Doctor of Science.

Our second honorary graduate of the winter congregations is literary scholar Pamela Woof. Pamela is a fellow of the Wordsworth Trust and her edition of Dorothy Wordsworth’s The Grasmere Journals has been universally recognised as the definitive text. She also created a foundational scholarship which has made a significant contribution to a growing area of interest for students of Romantic-era literature. For these achievements, Pamela has joined Newcastle University as an honorary Doctor of Literature.

Our third and final honorary graduate is former CEO of Unilever, Paul Polman. During his decade in this role, between 2009 – 2019, Paul turned around the company’s fortunes and developed a reputation as an enlightened corporate leader. He strove to double Unilever’s size while also reducing their overall environmental footprint, arguing that sustainability must be a focus in a world of finite resources. Paul has received numerous accolades for this work, including the UN Environment Programme’s Pioneer of the Earth Award, and we are proud to welcome him to our alumni community as an honorary Doctor of Civil Law.

The benefits of being a #NCLgrad

Whether you graduated winter 2022 or winter 1972, there are lots of benefits to being part of our alumni community that you can make the most of.