CIPR welcomes 'Class of 2014' at Graduation Ceremony

On Friday 3 July, CIPR Diploma graduates celebrated their achievements with colleagues, friends and family at the CIPR Public Relations Centre in Russell Square, London.

Graduates were treated to keynote speeches from CIPR Chartered Public Relations Practitioners Paul Smyth Chart.PR MCIPR MBE and Ella Minty Chart.PR MCIPR. Paul and Ella, alongside CIPR Board Director Lindsey Collumbell MCIPR, provided inspiration to the graduates by highlighting how studying for qualifications, attending training and undertaking CPD are essential, not only for their career progression but also personal development.

The graduates come from a cohort of over 600 public relations graduates from CIPR qualifications in 2014. The successful candidates included 209 gaining the CIPR's premier Diploma qualification; 123 receiving the Advanced Certificate; 194 obtaining specialist qualifications in internal communications, public affairs and crisis communications; and 75 passing the Foundation Award.

Full-size photos from the graduation ceremony can be downloaded via the thumbnails above.

Lindsey Collumbell MCIPR, CIPR Board Director
Graduating is a proud moment in the life of any student and also means the culmination of many hours of hard work and dedication. What these graduates have achieved also means something to the public relations profession – it means yet more practitioners who have made a commitment to their career, are serious about being the best they can be, and who understand the value and importance of developing their skills.

Our graduates should be very proud of what they have achieved – studying whilst also working is no mean feat and definitely favours the brave. I was honoured to meet them all and wish them the very best in their careers.
Lindsey Collumbell MCIPR, CIPR Board Director
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About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).