Newly-trained teachers from the University of Huddersfield were given a mission by their Chancellor, HRH The Duke of York, KG, “Go forth and educate!” he told them at the close of their graduation ceremony.
The Duke was launching a week of graduation ceremonies at the University, the first time he had done so since being installed as Chancellor in July.
Students from the University’s School of Education and Professional Development were the first to receive their awards, which included a wide range of degrees, certificates and teaching qualifications.
“Every single person in this room can remember a teacher or a member of staff that inspired them,” said The Duke at the close of the opening ceremony. “So those of you going into teaching are going to have to think how you will inspire the next generation.”
His Royal Highness told the audience at St Paul’s Hall that he had never had the opportunity to go to university, joining the Royal Navy instead. But during his service he had learned lessons that stayed with him.
His Naval service inspired him to do so much more in life, said The Duke, who piloted a helicopter whilst in the Royal Navy during the Falklands War.
“Go and inspire young people to follow what dreams they have, and encourage them to aspire to something quite outstanding.”
The Duke congratulated the graduates on the hard work they had put in, but urged them to keep on learning.
“It is only through learning that we can improve ourselves and inspire others. Teaching is about encouraging learning rather than sitting in a classroom and being spoken at. The days of the blackboard are over!”