07 Graduation—a family affair
studied at Ambleside campus. Her grandmother, 81, graduated as a teacher 60 years ago from the same campus, which was then called the Charlotte Mason College.
Louisa will be starting her career as a reception class teacher in Rochdale, just as her grandmother did. Not only that, but her mother Margaret, 48, was also a reception teacher and is now an early years consultant for Cumbria County Council. Louisa and her mother live in Barrow-in-Furness while her grandmother lives in Rochdale.
Three generations of teaching graduates
Louisa’s graduation ceremony took place at Carlisle Cathedral in July and her grandmother and mother were there to celebrate it with her, along with her father Andrew and sister Emily.
Studying at the university’s Ambleside campus and graduating as a teacher has become a Thornley family tradition, as granddaughter Louisa has followed exactly in her grandmother Margaret’s footsteps from 60 years earlier.
Louisa Thornley, 21, has graduated as a teacher with a BA (Hons) QTS Primary Education degree specialising in Early Years and
Louisa said: “I’m so happy to be sharing my graduation with the family and friends who are closest to me. After three years of hard work, it’s a wonderful celebration, made all the more special by having my Nana here to share it with me.”
Mother Margaret added: “I am so very proud of Louisa’s achievement and am delighted that her Nana was able to watch Louisa graduate and share in her celebrations.”
Honorary Fellowships awarded at graduation ceremonies
This year the university awarded five Honorary Fellowships at its graduation ceremonies held at Carlisle Cathedral in July. The recipients were chosen for the honour in recognition of their outstanding achievements in a number of fields.
Andrew Humphries MBE was recognised with a fellowship for his contribution to agricultural education, upland and community development and the Commoners movement.
Tom Bloxham MBE is chairman of award-winning urban regeneration company Urban Splash Group Ltd. He received his fellowship in recognition of his contribution to the arts, architecture and urban regeneration.
Photo left to right: Sir Chris Bonnington and Doug Scott CBE
The Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury received his fellowship in recognition of his significant contributions to politics, culture and the environment.
Sir Chris Bonington is receiving a fellowship in recognition of his achievements in mountaineering and his support for youth organisations and outdoor education.
Doug Scott CBE is being recognised for his innovation and achievements in the professions of mountaineering and photography.
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