Graduation Blog – Ishola’s Story

My journey to Robert Gordon University started in the summer of 2016. I searched frantically for schools in order to further my education after my national service in Nigeria. After considering a couple of schools, I decided on RGU based on factors like tuition, course content and its location (oil capital of Europe); the admission process was also seamless and easy.

I got into Aberdeen on the morning of September 23, 2016 with so much zeal and yearning to start my journey.


My journey at RGU and Aberdeen in pursuant of my Masters degree in Energy Management came to an end with my graduation ceremony on the 5th of December 2017. It will go down as one of the most memorable days of my life. I graduated with so much joy, hope and aspirations and was ready for the next challenge. The winter graduation ceremony took place at the Aberdeen Beach Ball Room, which is not just a beautiful venue to celebrate in but had gorgeous scenery with the stunning sea view surrounding it.


The graduation ceremony started at 10.30am, I arrived early so I could collect my gown and have some photos taken with my family and friends. The ceremony itself was so grand and everyone was all smiles and cheers watching their friends and course mates walk the podium with their degrees!

ishola friends

I was a little apprehensive climbing on stage to get my degree but once I was up there it flashed by so fast. Receiving my degree and a handshake from Sir Ian Wood meant a lot to me, it was a major highlight of the ceremony for me and his closing speech will forever be etched in my memory.


The ceremony ended with an applause that we gave to our parents and friends for all the support throughout our studies, which I thought was a lovely way to finish! My friends and family really are the best support network there is and it was so nice to be able to share the achievement and day with them.

I think it is so special that RGU celebrates student educational achievements in such a memorable way it really does make it all worth it!

ishloa drinls

The day came to an end with people heading out towards various venues after the ceremony. I headed for Topolabamba on Union Street in the city centre where I met my friends. There was drinks and a food reception and then we all went for a night out to celebrate! It was such a lovely day, put together so well. It made me so proud to be an RGU student, and now I even feel more proud being an RGU ALUMNI!?!



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