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#RWCMDClass2020: Congratulations!

9 July 2020

Inevitably this year’s graduation celebrations were a little different. Instead of gathering in gowns and drinking fizz at Cardiff’s beautiful St David’s Hall we were making do with homemade hats and a cup of tea each in our own different spaces.

But you can’t keep down RWCMD, and we came together online to celebrate our newest graduates, the wonderful Class of 2020 and their incredible achievements.

We’ll see you all in Cardiff next year to make up for it. And in the meantime, to all our latest alumni, don’t forget to keep in touch by joining our alumni association (it’s free! Details at the end).

Here are just a few of the many lovely moments shared across social media over the last few days. Over to you…

Photographer Bec Lewis also took our brilliant featured image of Musical Theatre grad Caleb Lagayan.

We knew that composer Derri’s celebrations would be out of the ordinary but we had no idea how Drag-ulous they would be!

Our ever-creative Arts Management students making the most of a lockdown party and whatever they have to hand…

Congratulations to trombonist Bethan celebrating in the beauty of the Welsh countryside:


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So happy to say I am graduating with a 2.1 BMus (Hons) from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama!‍ The past 4 years have been an absolutely incredible journey and I have had some of the most amazing experiences! Thank you to all the staff and students at the college and also to all the teachers and people who have supported me in the past enabling me to get to this point in my musical career and that includes Gwent Music who have been a big asset to me!❤️ I will definitely be celebrating tonight! @rwcmd @royalwelshsu #graduating #RWCMD #celebrations #2020 #pandemic #lockdown #socialdistancing #summer #degree #musicdegree #musician #champagne #passthechampagne #drinks #lush

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And parents can still get involved – even more so when everyone is all at home together!

Congrats Year of the Dog – who’ve been keeping it real this lockdown with their vegetable percussion. Don’t forget to report back from that big world out there…

Composer Kirsten, reminding us of amazing performances over the last few years. We look forward to sharing the music in our buildings again too.

Llongyfarchiadau, Joe! (now playing the piano on his very own stool and with his eyes wide open…)

Violinist Jennifer Cleland, hoping for sunshine next year, but meanwhile the sofa will do…

Singer and conductor Pilar remembering friends and great times at RWCMD:

Always nice to have a double celebration: congrats to Thomas on his graduation and his award for Choral Conducting – again!

And Jack puts us all to shame, achieving more in the last six years than most of us do in a lifetime!

Stage Manager Eleanor: great images of some of the amazing performances we’ve seen during her time at RWCMD:

Always stylish, design for performance grad and Skills Award runner-up Juliette,

First class indeed. Congrats, Callum.

Hope you’ll all be back soon to take more joyous pics by the legendary logo outside our lovely building…

But of course, ever creative – if you can’t get to the RWCMD sign, then, with the magic of photoshop, it can just damn well come to you! Great idea, Lucy!

And here’s our featured artist, Caleb. Showing how it should be done! We’ve already started practising for next year…

It wasn’t just the students who were overcome with emotion. I’m not crying, you’re crying, Roger!

From two of our newest Honorary Fellows: a lovely message from award-winning costume designer, Ray Holman:

And a gift of a song from Luke Evans (and Fellow and grad Amy):

Thank you for sharing your special day with us. Until next year, our congratulations and love to you all!


New graduates: join the alumni association for free here.

Thanks to photographer Bec Lewis for letting us share so many of her photos. Find out more about her work on her website: 

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