AT Friday’s graduation ceremony for the School of Textiles and Design/Management and Languages, Heriot-Watt principal Steve Chapman cited Woody Allan’s famous adage: “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve it by not dying.”
“This ambition,” Professor Chapman told successful students “is beyond us all. It’s true we live in difficult economic times, but you must look at this as an opportunity.
“The ultimate measure of a person is not where he or she stands in moments of ease, but where he or she stands at times of challenge and difficulty.
“My final message is: work hard and keep a look out for new opportunities: you never know where they might take you.”
The following graduates received degrees:
Honorary Doctor of Letters – Rory Bremner; Doctor of Philosophy – Zahra Al-Zadjali, Mohammad Chowdhury, Salma Farooq, Sara Robertson and Martina Vikova.
BA, combined studies, clothing with management, second class honours – Victoria Sinclair.
Fashion with management, second class honours – Jade Grattan; combined studies – Chloe Biagioni, Kirsty Gillan, Lisa Lindsay and Laura Smith.
BA, design for textiles, fashion and interiors, first class honours – Sophie Adamson, Ruth Duff, Samantha Fenn-Johnston, Megan Flood, Laura Fort, Nicola MacArthur, Pauline MacGillivray, Rachel Ramsay, Ashleigh Smith and Laura Townend.
Second class honours (upper division) – Abigail Flatters, Johanna Fleming, Emma Goodenough, Lyn Johnstone, Gemma Kirkland, Karen Maclean, Shiona Manson, Ursula McGuckin, Erin McInally, Laura Morrison, Bridie Mowat, Jennifer Newman, Kate O’Hagan, Amy Pierzchalo, Donna Shaw and Fiona Wilson. Second class honours (lower division) – Katie Barr, Sarah Bradley, Amie Duncan, Stacy Hynes, Diana Kerr, Toni McGuire, Samantha Rogers, Julie Williamson, Kerry Wilson and Michael Wong.
Degree of BA – Anne Glue, Jessica Lake and Rhiannon Vaughan.
BA in fashion design for industry, first class honours – Melissanthi Spei and Rachel Wilson.