Thousands of University of East Anglia students and their families and friends have attended graduation ceremonies at Carrow Road this week.
It’s the first time the UEA has partnered with Norwich City Football Club to hold the prestigious annual event, which this year saw 4,500 students honoured from Monday to Friday, watched by more than 20,000 guests.
Organisers from the University and the Football Club are delighted with the week-long ceremonies and support activities inside and outside the stadium, which even featured surprise marriage proposals to two students as they collected their degrees (both were accepted!).
Norwich City’s Director of Catering Stuart Cox said: “It’s been a huge honour for the Club to have provided the venue for the UEA graduations this year and we’re delighted that the whole event has been a great success.
“Louisa Griffiths from the UEA’s Graduations Office and Delia’s Canary Catering Events Administration Manager Lauren Farley have worked closely on planning and delivering the event with the professionalism and family-friendly atmosphere for which both organisations are renowned.
“We very much hope this has opened the door for other schools, colleges and universities to consider Norwich City Football Club as a great venue for their events.”
UEA Chief Resource Officer Ian Callaghan said: “I’d like to place on records my thanks to Norwich City FC for helping host UEA Graduation 2018. It’s been a special place to celebrate the UEA’s Class of 2018’s many achievements. Graduation is an exceptionally busy week with 17 graduation ceremonies in total and both NCFC and University staff worked well together to make it a success.”
If you are interested in holding an event for your organisation or company at Carrow Road, contact Lauren Farley in Delia’s Canary Catering on 01603 218704 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reflecting on this week’s graduations, Lauren said: “Watching the stadium come to life this past week after over a year of planning has been incredible. What a fantastic way to bring together two iconic Norfolk organisations and we’d like to thank the UEA for being fantastic to work with.”