Children’s University graduation today

Posted by mjs76 at Sep 21, 2010 01:00 PM |
You know you’re getting old when graduates start looking younger. -- There’s a slightly different graduation ceremony taking place at the University of Leicester today. None of the graduates are older than 14 and some are as young as eight.

No, we’re not educating a wave of child prodigies, nor is it some sort of Midwich Cuckoos-style alien invasion. It’s actually students from the Children’s University, an out-of-hours educational programme set up in the 1990s.

More than one hundred children are receiving bronze, silver and gold certificates today, recognising that they have amassed at least 30, 65 or 100 hours of learning outside of regular school hours. The young graduates, who will wear traditional cap and gown, are pupils at Samworth Enteprise Academy (where Leicester Children’s University is based), Soar Valley College and Foxes Learning Centre.