On Wednesday 3 March 2010, Aston hosted the first graduation ceremony of the recently re-launched City of Birmingham Children’s University.
Over 160 7 - 14 year olds from across the City have taken part in the pilot project over the last year donned graduation robes and mortar boards for the ceremony which was attended by local councillors, school teachers and parents. The celebration of their achievements took place in the Great Hall with support provided by Aston University student volunteers. Prof Alison Halstead, Pro Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching Innovation at Aston University, hosted the VIP Reception and formally opened the Ceremony, awarding certificates to the first group of students.
Guests were treated to a performance from Dreadlock Alien, Former Birmingham Poet Laureate, as he entertained with poems about the schools and the children who were present and drew on his own experiences. A group of pupils from Hillstone Primary also gave a wonderful presentation about their experiences of the City of Birmingham Children’s University.
Angela Morris, Aston's Excellence Hub and Gifted & Talented Co-ordinator said: 'It was wonderful to welcome so many proud parents, children and teachers on to our campus for a celebration of the children’s achievements at the City of Birmingham Children’s University Graduation Ceremony. We are looking forward to another exciting year on this project and to hosting many more of these Ceremonies in the years to come.'