After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, graduation celebrations finally returned to Cambridge this year. Over the course of three days, over 130 MFin students and alumni joined their friends, family, and classmates to celebrate their academic achievements.
We were delighted to welcome alumni from the 2018, 2019 and 2020 cohorts back to Cambridge at the end of May. Having missed out on the traditional graduation ceremonies due to the pandemic, students were finally able to celebrate their well-earned accomplishments with their friends and families.
The celebrations kicked off with welcome drinks and an opportunity to catch up with friends and fellow classmates. The following day alumni attended elective courses on the topics of Mergers and Acquisitions and The Purpose of Finance, and a Personal and Professional Development session. The reunion came to a close with a farewell dinner for the 2018 and 2019 classes.
The celebrations continued the next day when it was the turn of the 2020 class to formally graduate. The day started with a class photo at the Business School and was followed by the official graduation ceremony at the Senate House, where the students were presented for graduation by their Colleges. The day culminated with a formal dinner, speeches, and awards ceremony at Homerton College. Congratulations to our 2020 cohort!
We recently caught up with two of our alumni to reflect on their time at Cambridge and their highlights from the graduation celebrations and reunion weekend.
MFin students reflect on their time at Cambridge
Adrian Miranda (MFin 2018)
“What a journey it has been. Two years after a global pandemic and three country relocations, I was finally able to graduate at the Senate House from my Master of Finance degree. Being back at Cambridge and talking to my classmates made me realise how, over the course of the last few years, our professional successes have proven that we are more prepared than ever to convert challenges into opportunities. This couldn’t have been possible without the preparation, knowledge and skills learned during the MFin programme. There are a lot of reasons why one should be thankful for enjoying moments like this in life, and being back in Cambridge, sharing this with your family and lifelong MFin friends, is a complete success story.”
Marc Msipa (MFin 2019)
“It was absolutely fantastic to reconnect in person with friends from the 2019 MFin cohort. I had not seen most of my classmates since March 2020, when world events at the time sent us all in different directions. At the reunion events and graduation ceremony, I was also able to connect with other MFin students from across the 2018 and 2020 MFin cohorts.
“The reunion dinner, which took place on a cool summer day, was a wonderful respite from recent global events. At the end of the weekend, there was the bittersweet realisation that many of us would not see each other again for quite some time. Having been bound together by common lectures, exams, sports, and societies – we were officially waving goodbye to our time as students in Cambridge.
“The MFin was a life-changing course for me. Not only was it exciting to stretch my mind and listen to world-class lecturers teach us the theory behind the numbers, it was also a fantastic platform to make connections with classmates, network with alumni and of course gain exposure to great projects on the Group Consulting Project. Despite the challenges of 2020, the MFin was a memorable experience and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to challenge themselves to level up intellectually and professionally as a finance professional.”