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Meet our Autumn graduates

Congratulations to the Class of 2021

This Autumn marked our first in-person graduation ceremonies since the pandemic began. We were so happy to welcome our graduands back into the Barony Hall to celebrate.

Ayodeji Bamitale, MSc Advanced Software Engineering

Ayodeji Bamitale wearing graduation gown and cap

How did you celebrate your graduation?

At the Nando’s on St Enoch square😄, (I’m never mentioning the late evening mini bash at the old schoolhouse).

What are you hoping to do now?

I have taken up a full-stack software developer role at a digital agency in Belfast. I intend to apply to the best of my ability the knowledge I’ve gained at Strathclyde.

Any advice for new students?

Start early. Start that proposal early, start that dissertation early, you don’t have as much time as you think.

Inside of the Barony Hall with our graduands socially distanced.
Inside of the Barony Hall with our graduands socially distanced.
Student wearing a graduation gown, overlooking Rottenrow gardens.
Student wearing a graduation gown, overlooking Rottenrow gardens.

Adele Melas, MArch Advanced Architectural Design

What’s the best thing about Strathclyde?

Strathclyde always felt like home. Everyone, from staff to students, were always so friendly and approachable. When I first visited the university, this was the quality that stood out for me the most. Six years and two graduations later, I still feel the same way! 

How did you celebrate your graduation?

Our Master’s degree was entirely carried out online, so the true celebration was finally seeing my classmates in person!

What are you hoping to do now?

I was fortunate enough to find a job shortly after my thesis submission in August 2021. I’m now working as an Part II Architectural Assistant at an architectural firm in central London. 

Any advice for new students?

Work hard but don’t forget that university is so much more than that, don’t forget to have fun! Get involved with university communities and activities and don’t be afraid to grab new opportunities that come your way – these can take you further than you’ll ever imagine.

How did you adapt to the challenges brought about by the COVID pandemic and blended learning?

My Master’s degree was entirely carried out online, which brought on its own set of unique challenges. What helped me adapt to these conditions and stay motivated was keeping regular contact with my close circle of university friends. On a daily basis, we would have virtual study sessions, as if we were sitting in the library together!

Adele Melas

Student receiving graduate certificate.
Student receiving graduate certificate.
Group of friends raising their degree certifications in celebration.
Group of friends raising their degree certifications in celebration.

Ines Ruiz, MSc Artificial Intelligence & Applications

Three students wearing their graduation gowns

What’s the best thing about Strathclyde?

The people, the friendly atmosphere, and the facilities.

Most memorable moment at Strathclyde?

Getting to finally meet everybody in person at the graduation event!

What are you hoping to do now?

I have been hired as a Data Scientist, exciting to say the least.

Any advice for new students?

Enjoy your studies, it is a great time and it goes by faster than we think.

Can you tell us an interesting fact about yourself?

I did my undergrad in a completely different field from my master’s, always pursue what you like best, regardless of where you are standing now.