Thanks to the support and quality of the Open University I am now a graduate. Not only does this qualify me for pretty much every job I’ve had in the last 20 years it also crowns the achievement of taking on the challenge in the first place. It’s been a long, arduous and challenging journey but it has also been extremely rewarding. The day was really special to share with Delia (my wife) and my parents, who probably never thought they would see me graduate. It was made even more special by Martin Bean being present for the graduation ceremony. Martin and I were closely involved in building the relationship between the Open University and Microsoft and it was partly because of this work and his inspiration that made me think this is something I should do. It was a complete coincidence that Martin was being presented with an award by the OU on the same day as me. It was fantastic to catch up with him and shake his had on the stage.
Here is my graduation photo as I met the Pro Chancellor.