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Belfast Waterfront celebrates 15 years of hosting University of Ulster Graduations

Summer Graduation 2013 marks the 15th year for University of Ulster Graduation ceremonies to be held at one of the World’s Best Conference Centres, Belfast Waterfront.
During the 3 days of morning and afternoon graduation celebrations, over 10,000 people enjoyed the University of Ulster Summer Graduation celebrations with nearly 2,400 graduates stepping up onto the stage to receive their certificate in front of a packed auditorium in Northern Ireland’s only awarding winning purpose-built conference centre.

This was a big step for the University as previously all the graduations had taken place on campus. The transition to the new venue was a smooth one and Belfast Waterfront has been repeatedly selected to host the University of Ulster Summer Graduations for both Jordanstown and Belfast students, since 1998.

An invaluable combination of superb facilities, specialised skills, ample resources and precise planning has been crucial to hosting a series of successful graduation ceremonies as well as building a strong client relationship over the last 15 years. In addition to this, its architecturally stunning design boasts stylish and flexible spaces to accommodate a multitude of functions such as catering and photography as well as issuing of caps and gowns.

Graduates and their guests enjoyed the spectacular pageantry of processionals which form part of the graduation ceremony and soaked up the celebratory atmosphere in the glass fronted bar areas where they were served delicious delights and enjoyed the panoramic views of the city. Whilst behind the scenes, the Waterfront team worked tirelessly to ensure that every detail was addressed and the turnaround between morning and afternoon ceremonies was fast and effortless.

Ruth Wasson, Deputy Director (Student Administration and Registry) at University of Ulster congratulated the Waterfront team and commented: “The University returns to Belfast Waterfront each year because we know that we can rely on the excellent service not only for ourselves in organising the event, but also most importantly we are assured of a fantastic experience for our graduates and their families which is our top priority.”

Ruth Wasson added: “The anxiety of organising such a prestigious event is eased by the fact that there is excellent staff on hand, all our needs are met and everything we require is accommodated without any fuss or issue. I have been involved in Belfast Waterfront graduations now for two years, and can honestly say that knowing that there is a fantastic team of staff behind me, allows me to be more relaxed about what I need to do, - everything else is already taken care of.”

Jennifer Patterson, Revenue and Business Generation Manager at Belfast Waterfront Conference Centre commented: “It is an absolute pleasure to work with such a prestigious client on the spectacular Summer Graduation celebrations. Our contemporary architecture provides a wonderfully unique setting and together with our undivided personalised service creates a truly memorable day for staff, graduates and guests. Being selected to host the University of Ulster Summer Graduation celebrations on fifteen consecutive occasions only serves to reaffirm our position as an award-winning conference centre and our commitment to delivering an outstanding customer service.”

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