In our 60th year as a University, it’s an exciting time to be able to host a graduation in New Delhi, 4,000 miles from its usual location. This event is giving Essex graduates in India and South Asia the opportunity to walk the stage, meet the Vice-Chancellor and invite their family to be with them.
We know that many of our international graduates return home immediately after finishing their studies and for others, it is simply too costly to fly family into the UK for the ceremony, along with navigating visas and travel. Essex in New Delhi: Graduation and 60th Celebration is changing that.
With over 1,000 alumni in India, and hundreds more in neighbouring countries, it is set to be our biggest ever alumni event in the area. Not only is this event an opportunity to recognise the educational and professional achievements, giving alumni the chance to have their special moment in a gown and robe, it is also a chance to bring alumni together to network.
Alumni graduation tickets cost £15 and come with five free guest tickets meaning your friends and family can join you in celebrating all you achieved at Essex and in your personal and professional life since then.
Tickets cost £15 and should be bought in advance. With your ticket, you can bring 5 free guests but if you want to bring more, you can also buy additional guest tickets at £15 each.
To mark the occasion of this special Graduation event, four alumni will be honoured with Vice-Chancellor Awards in recognition of what they have gone on to achieve with their Essex degree, and how their ‘Essex Spirit’ carries through in their work.
Manish Michael (left), who studied an MA in Theory and Practice of Human Rights in 2005, has been selected for the award. Since graduating nearly 20 years ago, Manish has been reshaping the lives of those in need. He went back to India to work with a number of social enterprises to provide support and essential services to vulnerable people and is currently heading Partnership for Reliance Foundation, of Reliance Industries Limited, a Fortune 500 company and the largest private sector corporation in India. Discover more about Manish's career in human rights.
Anushree Srivastava (right) studied at Essex in 2016, graduating with a MSc in Biotechnology, and has since dedicated her career to conducting ground-breaking research into life on Mars. Immediately after graduating, Anushree took part in a long-term mission to simulate the future human exploration of Mars at the Mars Desert Research Station. She recently completed a PhD and is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at renowned Carnegie Institute for Science, in Washington DC. Read more about Anushree's journey.
Ankit Mehrotra (left), who turned his back on a career in investment banking, is a leading entrepreneur. Ankit graduated from Essex in 2005 with a BEng Computers and Telecommunications Engineering and went on to work for BP Paribas in London for seven years, before returning to India where he and three friends launched restaurant discovery and tech platform, Dineout. Learn about Ankit's entrepreneurial journey.
Sanchita Ain (right) graduated from Essex in 2013 and is now a practising lawyer in India, where only 15 per cent of lawyers are female and an advocate for people with disabilities. Her legal career has led her to become an Advocate-on-Record, the only lawyers allowed to act and plead for clients in the Supreme Court. Read more about Sanchita's disability advocacy.