direct quote from above link:
The University of Southampton’s School of Ocean and Earth Science celebrated its tenth year with a memorable graduation ceremony and reception on 22 July.
After receiving their hard-won degrees from University Vice Chancellor, Professor Bill Wakeham at the Highfield campus, over 190 new graduates, their parents, families and friends joined academics and staff at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton - where the school is based - to celebrate their success with champagne and strawberries.
The School of Ocean & Earth Science (SOES) has been in existence for ten years this autumn, and this week’s ceremony was its ninth graduation. The reception gave the graduates an opportunity to show off the unique waterfront setting for their studies: Southampton is the only oceanographic research centre in the world that teaches undergraduates. During their degrees, students work alongside the country’s foremost marine and earth scientists, and a qualification from one of the world’s leading institutions in its field lends added kudos to their curriculum vitae.
The University’s and SOES ‘ reputation is cited as a primary reason for students’ choice of institution: the University leads the Russell Group of leading research universities for student satisfaction; it was rated one of the top 80 universities worldwide by the Times Higher Education Supplement and has received the top rating from the Quality Assurance Agency for its teaching. SOES was second in satisfaction survey across University of Southampton schools.
Head of School, Professor Andrew Roberts, congratulated the graduates on their achievement. He said: “Gaining a degree in these important and demanding scientific disciplines requires a high level of talent and commitment – as well as the unwavering support of parents, friends and family. Here at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, we are all enormously proud of the achievements of our graduates. We wish them every success in their future careers as alumni of this unique institution.”
In all 134 undergraduate, 34 postgraduate masters and 20 PhD students graduated this year.
More information about alumni of the School of Ocean and Earth Science is available at www.southampton.ac.uk/soes/alumni