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Mother and daughter graduate at the same ceremony

Published: 17 July 2015
Mother and daughter graduate

Health Sciences students attended summer graduation ceremonies today including mother and daughter, Lindsay and Isobel Voss, who graduated with a Doctorate in Clinical Practice and Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing respectively.

After the ceremony Lindsay said: “I’m a really proud Mum today and incredibly pleased that my daughter is following a career in such an important area of healthcare.

“I have spent my whole career in the challenging area of safeguarding children. My doctorate has helped me discover that you don’t know what you’re capable of until you try, and I’m delighted to be celebrating my success alongside my daughter.”

Isobel, who originally studied Law before deciding to move into nursing, added: “It has been really helpful having my mum as a sounding board when things got tough, but my tutors were equally supportive and extremely encouraging. They inspired me to aim high.

“This has been a challenging yet rewarding experience and it’s been great to have Mum beside me as a role model.”

The ceremonies took place at the Turner Sims. Achievements from across Health Sciences were awarded including BScs in Public Health Practice, Bachelor of Nursing, MScs in Advanced Clinical Practice, BScs in allied health professions and Doctorships.

The ceremonies went very well in the sunshine and were enjoyed by graduates and their families, and staff took great pleasure sharing in the excitement of the occasion.

Our graduates join the growing alumni community of tens of thousands of Southampton graduates across the world. We wish them all a hugely successful future.

Notes for editors

The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship across a wide range of subjects in engineering, science, social sciences, health and humanities.

With over 23,000 students, around 5000 staff, and an annual turnover well in excess of £435 million, the University of Southampton is acknowledged as one of the country's top institutions for engineering, computer science and medicine. We combine academic excellence with an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to research, supporting a culture that engages and challenges students and staff in their pursuit of learning.

The University is also home to a number of world-leading research centres including the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, the Optoelectronics Research Centre, the Web Science Trust and Doctoral training Centre, the Centre for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute and is a partner of the National Oceanography Centre at the Southampton waterfront campus. 

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