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Bristol goes to Beijing for graduation ceremony

Bristol will feature big in Beijing this weekend as students get their own graduation ceremony. Credit: University of Bristol

Bristol is being taken to Beijing when a graduation ceremony with a difference is staged in the Chinese capital.

Iconic Bristol landmarks and characters including the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Wills Memorial Buildings, Harbourside development and even Aardman Animations' Gromit will be featured in giant displays at the degree-giving event on Saturday.

Bristol University's own Gromit - Bark at 'ee - will feature in the Beijing degree-giving. Credit: University of Bristol

Almost 400 new Chinese graduates will mingle and take photos among three metre tall photos of the West Country images having studied in Bristol over the last few years.

The University of Bristol will use the ceremony to further strengthen links between the two cities with Vice-Chancellor and President Prof Hugh Brady signing new agreements with several of China’s leading universities.

The University attracts students from all over the world. This ceremony is a great opportunity to celebrate with our graduates who have recently returned to China.

By bringing a bit of Bristol to Beijing, we hope they will enjoy sharing memories of their time here with family and friends, while taking part in a British-style celebration.

– Vice-Chancellor and President Prof Hugh Brady
Jingwen Kang was upset to miss her graduation so is looking forward to the ceremony in Beijing. Credit: University of Bristol

One of the graduates, Jingwen Kang, describes her time in Bristol as ‘a beautiful dream’.

It was really a pity for me to miss the graduation in Bristol due to being busy at work, so I was very excited when I heard about the graduation ceremony in Beijing.

I am really looking forward to it because it will remind me of Bristol, and take me back to that beautiful dream.

– Jingwen Kang, Graduate
A previous Chinese graduation ceremony organised for Bristol University students. Credit: University of Bristol