06 Apr 2016
Youngsters graduate from York Children’s University
One hundred and twenty five children took part in a graduation ceremony at York Children’s University (York CU).
Youngsters from 30 schools spread across the city took part in the event, which is now in its fifth year.
The Children’s University is a national scheme which seeks to inspire children by taking them to new places with the aim of raising aspirations, boosting achievement and fostering a love of learning.
The scheme involves working with local schools to provide engaging activities alongside local businesses that bring the real world to life. This year, activities included Robots in Space workshops where children created their own curiosity rovers with Physics students from the University of York.
There was also a pre-history event with pupils learning to become hunter-gatherers with help from academics from the Department of Archaeology.
Local theatre school, Razzamataz York, kicked off the graduation celebration with a musical theatre routine showcasing the energy and enthusiasm of children involved with the scheme.
Professor Matt Matravers, Acting Head of York Law School,hosted the ceremony, whilst the Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Sonja Crisp, assisting him in awarding the children their scrolls.
Elizabeth Wright, Australian Paralympic swimmer and motivational speaker, shared her inspirational story.
She said: “When I was asked to be the guest speaker at the York Children's University graduation ceremony I could only say yes.
“To see the amazing work they do with children, to help build their confidence and vision for their futures, it resonates with my own goals to help children see and fulfil their potential."
The ceremony took place on 23 March.