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A message of congratulations to graduating students from the Vice-Chancellor and Chancellor

Congratulations to the 26 Doctoral, 3 MPhil, 6 MRes, 826 Master’s, 7 PgDip, 2 PgCert, and 65 Graduate Diploma students graduating today! It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate your achievements - not only have you overcome the adversity of the last few months, but you have also adeptly pivoted your practice and produced some astonishing work that really exemplifies the spirit of the  ingenuity at the RCA.

It’s really exciting to see you, the class of 2020, who from 56 different countries around the world have come together and adapted your practices with resilience and flair, be conferred the very well-deserved degrees you receive today. Viewing your graduate work was as ever, an inspiring, joyful and engrossing experience, which gave me great confidence in your abilities to embrace future challenges and thrive in whatever endeavour you choose to pursue. From ‘oil roads’ in Norway to the wry photographic portrayal of the English ‘pastoral idyll’ or the elegy of lockdown captured in  C.301 Cyberspace Odyssey your work is inspirational.

 Despite the physical distance, it has been intriguing to see various programmes connect thematically via the digital tags at RCA2020; this is something which we’ve never achieved before in our physical shows. Although we are not able to be together today in the Royal Albert Hall, as we all would have liked, I hope that you are each able to take this moment to celebrate your accomplishments. And I very much look forward to being able to celebrate with you in person at a future date and to see your work in the physical setting of a show post Covid-19. I invite you to also read a message of congratulations from RCA Chancellor, Sir Jony Ive, below.

Dr Paul Thompson, Vice-Chancellor

Vice-Chancellor, Dr Paul Thompson
Dr Paul Thompson, Vice-Chancellor

"I would like to say a huge, huge congratulations to the RCA's graduating class of 2020. This year marks a victory for creativity – a victory for ideas and for excellence, regardless of circumstance. You have created an awe-inspiring collection of work that is hopeful and extremely optimistic. Congratulations – and thank you."

Sir Jony Ive, Chancellor

RCA Chancellor, Sir Jony Ive
RCA Chancellor, Sir Jony Ive