Congratulations to the class of 2015 on a fantastic graduation week at the Southbank Centre. Speeches were made, hats were thrown, photos were snapped and the clapping and cheering from proud friends and families nearly took the roof off the Royal Festival Hall.

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We had an exceptional list of honorary graduates this year, all of whom had inspiring and energising words of wisdom to pass on to our new graduates. We’ve picked our favourites below.

Bill Amberg: “Remember to look up. Take everything in and make the most of opportunities.”

Zeinab Badawi: “If you are always guided by passion and compassion, you will truly have a life of meaning.”

Jonathan Barnbrook: “Be nice. Your personality is as much a part of your portfolio as your work.”

Simon Costin: “Stay weird and stay wonderful. Come on, class of 2015 – get out there and ruffle some feathers!”

Ilse Crawford: “Ask questions and be curious. Everyone wants to be interesting, but it’s so much better to be interested.”

Tacita Dean: “Stick with your process, don’t be afraid to make mistakes and take your time.”

Theo Fennell: “You are the luckiest people in the world with your whole creative lives ahead of you.”

Ralph Fiennes: “Let us, as artists, never stop asking questions & provoking each other to interpret.”

Tom Hardy: “It’s okay to fail. You learn so much more from failure – it’s not embarrassing.”

Phoebe Philo: “Be brave. Work hard, be true to yourself, and remember to enjoy yourself along the way.”

Peter Saville: “Your education hasn’t finished today. You have just started.”

To get an even better idea of the happy atmosphere of graduation week, you can search for our very popular hashtag #UALgrads on Twitter or on Instagram.

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[Photos by Ivan Jones]