Students Staff
University of Essex

July 28, 2017

Farewell and thank you to our Chancellor, Baroness Shami Chakrabarti

Our Chancellor, Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, has attended her final Essex graduation ceremonies before stepping down. Our Vice-Chancellor described the incredible impact she has had on our community, in his speech. 

You can hear Shami talk about her experience as Chancellor in our video

This is the final graduation ceremony that Baroness Shami Chakrabarti will preside over as, after today, she steps down as Chancellor of the University.

Baroness Shami Chakrabarti.

Baroness Shami Chakrabarti.

I’d like, if I may, to say a few brief words of thanks on behalf of the University.


Since becoming our Chancellor in 2014, you have made an incredible impact on our community just as we knew you would. You have served as our Chancellor with distinction and we thank you.

You have been a perfect match for us, a wonderful ambassador representing the Essex spirit and personifying the values that the University holds dear.

You have always been prepared to speak out, to challenge inequality and injustice. You are curious and creative. Critical and questioning. You champion what is right, and challenge what is wrong. That spirit is what you brought to us, what you did whilst with us, and what I know you will continue to do.

You have been a fantastic role model and an inspiration to our students and to us all.

But this is not goodbye. Just like our graduates, you are part of Essex now. A member of the greatest club on earth.
A member of the University of Essex family for life.

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