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Aberdeen University Graduations 2018: Inverness student tells of ‘big relief’ at graduating with mechanical engineering degree

Kirk Craigen of Inverness
Kirk Craigen of Inverness

Kirk Craigen yesterday described graduating from Aberdeen University as a “big relief”.

The 22-year-old collected his mechanical engineering degree at yesterday’s afternoon ceremony.

Mr Craigen, from Inverness, certainly kept busy during his five years of study, joining both the boxing and weight-lifting societies.

“It was a challenge,” he admitted. “I travelled around Scotland to different tournaments and it could be hard juggling sport with my workload and job.

“But it meant I met a lot of people and had a really good social outcome from that.”

The graduate can now barely remember what it was like moving from the Highlands to the Granite City.

He said: “I remember Freshers week being a lot of fun. First year eased me into the course before it started to get trickier. But even then I always knew I was comfortable in the course.

“Graduation was always the goal so it was a big relief to make it here today. This year was the final stretch and it was great to know the hard work had paid off.”

Mr Craigen will enjoy well-deserved time off or the next few weeks before focusing on his job hunt.

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