The admiring speeches could not have created a clearer picture of how these extraordinary women overcame obstacles that many may encounter, rose above them to achieve great things, and then consciously used these achievements to raise awareness and encourage women around them.
After the Chancellor’s Procession made its way out to beautiful melodies, the guests moved into the reception, bubbling with the highlights of the lives of the extraordinary women. Encountering live music, the awaiting, carefully laid refreshments, and a variety of foods, including the much-loved fish and chips bites and the ever-tempting desserts, the general cheer elevated to an excited atmosphere.
A number of members of staff had the privilege both to support and observe the special occasion and found it very memorable. A couple of volunteers shared a few words on the experience:
Reetu described the event as:
vibrant, elegant and beautifully executed. Our Honorary Fellow and Graduands are exceptional women, each with remarkable achievements in her respective field. The guests all seemed to have had a great time and left Senate House inspired.
Bobby summarised the evening by saying that:
learning about the emotional and poignant story of Professor Sue Black was a great privilege. What she and the other Honorary Graduands achieved, overcoming personal and professional struggles, motivated me to strive for more in my present, and future. This year's Foundation Day was the culmination of an exciting and inspirational year of Leading Women.