The UCFB Class of 2019 graduated in style this week with memorable ceremonies at both UCFB campuses.

Graduates from UCFB Etihad Campus and UCFB Wembley collected their degree certificates in front of their delighted classmates, families and teaching staff at Etihad at Wembley stadiums respectively.

Following the ceremonies and photo shoots in each stadium bowl, students enjoyed champagne, reminiscing and introducing their family to friends they’d made over the previous three years. With some graduates already gaining employment in the sports industry, and others looking forward to joining them soon, they’ll join the growing numbers of UCFB graduates in the workplace. Currently, over 90% of UCFB graduates gain full-time employment within six months, with almost two-thirds of those working in the football and sports industries.

Ryan Booth, a BA (Hons) Multimedia Sports Journalism graduate from UCFB Etihad Campus, said: "Graduation was a fantastic experience; it was a fitting way for me to end three brilliant years studying at UCFB. I'm really grateful that I had the opportunity to celebrate the occasion with my family and friends as it really was such a proud moment for myself and I wanted to share it with those closest to me. Studying at UCFB has not just provided me with a degree; it's given me three years' of extraordinary experiences, a number of lifelong friends, and even a full-time job. Here's to the next three years and beyond at UCFB!"

Emily Drakeley, who graduated from the BA (Hons) Football Business & Media programme at UCFB Wembley, added: “I am so pleased to be graduating from UCFB with a 2:1. After suffering with mental health issues throughout my teens I didn’t see a way out, but I have now surpassed my wildest expectations and I’m now en route to living a happy and healthy life. Thank you UCFB for a great time and I wish I could do it all over again!”

UCFB Principal Paul Cassell added his congratulations to this year’s graduates. He said: “Graduation day is always an exciting day for all concerned, and I’m sure the two ceremonies this week were just as memorable for students and their families as they were for all UCFB staff who were there. It’s always a privilege to be able to share these moments with our graduates. I encourage you all to stay in touch with us at UCFB, and I’m confident that you will all be high achievers now and in the future.”