Hundreds of University Campus Suffolk (UCS) graduates received their degree awards during the first day of ceremonies to be held at the Ipswich Town Hall and Corn Exchange today.
During the ceremony, an Honorary Degree was awarded to Satish Kumar – a former monk and long-term peace and environment activist. For over 50 years, Satish has been working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a renewed India and a peaceful world into reality.
“I feel great pleasure to stand hear and particularly see the young students who are going to follow me and receive your degree’s today”, he said upon accepting the award.
Reflecting on his 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage in which he carried no money walking from India to America, via Moscow, London and Paris, to deliver a humble packet of ‘peace tea’ to the then leaders of the world’s four nuclear powers, Satish told the graduating cohort from the UCS School of Science, Technology and Health to take life as an adventure.
“Be free of fear. Freedom from fear is the imperative for success. Do not be afraid of failures. All the great achievements by scientists, religious people, philosophers and even sports people, they have achieved success after many failures. When you are free of fear you can take your life as an adventure itself.”
Over 1,000 students will graduate over the seven ceremonies taking place at the Ipswich Town Hall and Corn Exchange this week. Honorary Degree awards will also be presented to British Broadcasting star Angela Rippon and Ipswich Town footballing legend Mick Mills amongst others.