RCDS 2011 MA Graduation and Course Reunion
The MA graduation for the RCDS 2011 intake, postponed from July owing to the Olympics, was held at the Barbican on 24 October 2012.
The photo shows: (Left to right) Mohammed Alshehri, Shane Stover, Mike Bullock, Malcolm Cree, Tim Dakwat, Osasogie Usamere, Colin Mokhosi, Milan Váňa, Alija Kozljak, Dave Cass, Mark Garratt and Graeme Mackay.
On the day, a good proportion of the 2011 MA cadre were able to attend the King’s College, London ceremony at the Barbican. This was followed by an evening Reception for graduates and partners hosted by the Commandant and RCDS Staff at Seaford House. Dr Warren Chin, the Director of Studies, gave a speech of congratulations and Graduation certificates were presented by Dr Stuart Griffin, the Dean of the King's College Defence Studies Department at Shrivenham. The final note to the formalities was the presentation of the Richard Edis Prize to Mark Garratt for the best overall performance.
Chris Daykin, the Course Secretary, also coordinated the first Course Reunion on 22 and 23 of October to tie in with the MA graduation that week. Overseas members came from as far afield as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Norway, USA, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Nigeria, Afghanistan and the Czech Republic. We are not sure if Phil Cox coming from Scotland counts pending their vote for independence; however, given that he is now an advisor to the Scottish Government, anything could happen!
Part of the reunion was held at RAF Halton, including a tour of Halton House, visiting the WW1 training trenches and a huge BBQ hosted by the Flying Club (sadly the weather stopped the intended flying programme from going ahead).
On the 23rd there was time for shopping in the morning, where once again Morten Sannes proved to be the Course shopaholic. In the afternoon we had a great visit to the new BBC building thanks to the organisation of Simon Marr.
The Reunion was then topped off with cocktails at the Oxo Tower followed by dinner at the Frontline Club. Thanks go to Chris in particular for organising the first Reunion, but also everyone who did their bit to make it a great event and hopefully we will manage to get even more people together at the next one (which may be held in a European capital).