Young ‘graduates’ enjoy day of pride Pupils and students from Lambeth Children's University donned robes and mortarboards for their very own graduation ceremony at London South Bank University.

The Children's University aims to reward young people for the time they spend in out-of-hours learning activities, and provides them with certificates and awards to mark their participation. The programme develops a culture of achievement and lifelong learning from an early age, increasing motivation and helping to support the transition between primary and secondary education.

The event saw students aged 7-14, from schools across Lambeth, receive praise for their achievements. Over the past few months, they have been gathering credits for their learning hours - those who have successfully completed 30, 65 and 100 hours of extra-curricular activities have been rewarded with Bronze, Silver and Gold Certificates, respectively, in the formal graduation ceremony. The students received a taste of the University's academic traditions, including wearing robes and mortarboards, as well as having photographs taken as a permanent reminder of their 'big' day.

Simone Van Limbeek, a pupil at the Crown Lane School and Children's University student, said "The Children's University has been a great way for me to visit new places and learn about lots of new things in my own time, and it's been really fun."

The students were joined by Councillor Mark Bennett, the Mayor of Lambeth; Councillor Sunil Chopra, Deputy Mayor Southwark Council; children's author Vicki Howie, and Angela Nelson Manager of Lambeth Children’s University. Angela said “It can make all the difference in raising aspirations and show what is available for children on their doorstep."

Certificates were presented by Ger Graus, Chief Executive of the Children's University, Ger Graus said "I love these events! They are the culmination and visualisation of commitment, a thirst for learning, achievement and success. It is, as ever a privilege for me to attend the Lambeth CU graduation and I am sure that - like The Terminator - I will be back!"

Bev Jullien, Pro Vice Chancellor at London South Bank University (LSBU), and Chancellor of Lambeth Children's University, said "I am honoured to show my support to the Children's University. The enthusiasm and hard work shown by the young people who have taken part is an inspiration to us all at London South Bank University, and the programme shows that higher education is an attainable dream for people of all backgrounds. We hope to see many of the faces we saw this week studying with us in the years to come!"

For more information please contact Angela Nelson 07921 213541 or email Based on information supplied by Angela Nelson.