University of Essex celebrates 100,000th Essex Graduate


The University of Essex will celebrate at next week’s Graduation 2018 as the 100,000th student will graduate.

Sofie Samuelsson, will become the 100,000th graduate during the 4pm ceremony on Thursday 19th July when she receives her Masters in Linguistics.

Sofie said: “Being a graduate of Essex has given me an amazing Masters on my CV. Linguistics is highly recommended at Essex and so it is great that I got my degree from here and that I did so well.

“I also like that I’ll always have this connection to Colchester through the University. It’s given me great connections for the future.”


Sofie, who is from Sweden, currently works at Universal Web Design, based at the University’s Knowledge Gateway research and technology park, as a search engine optimisation specialist.

She explained: “I get to combine my love for writing with research skills I learnt at Essex and the ever-changing digital market. I also get to learn new techniques and tricks every day so I’m really enjoying it.”

The university recently achieved gold rating in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The highly prestigious gold rating places the institution alongside other highly-ranked UK universities.