THE sun shone on the hundreds of students enjoying strawberries and cream on the final day of graduations at Queen's University.
The summer graduations drew to a close yesterday with students from the remaining faculties receiving their degrees.
Years of hard work and study have paid off for the academics leaving the Whitla Hall for perhaps the last time.
Congratulating each other on their special day were geography graduates Karen Dineen and Kiara Moan from Newry.
Karen's mum Eileen was busy taking photos of the friends.
''I am so proud of both the girls,'' she said.
''Karen and Kiara have been friends for years. They both went to the Sacred Heart Grammar School in Newry.
''Karen plans to do a post-graduate degree at St Mary's on the Falls Road.''
Kiara, who is going to Cantebury to study for a teaching diploma, said: ''My time at Queen's has been the best years of my life. I'm really going to miss the crack.''
Chatting together on the lawn in front of the Whitla Hall were classmates Gareth Dawson, David Causby, Jonathan McCullough and Robert Sneddon.
The friends, who all graduated with a BSc degree in biochemistry, agreed that what they were going to miss most about Queen's was the crack.
Professors Brian Hogg and Robert Cormack delivered the addresses at the morning and afternoon ceremonies.
Faculty of Arts.
Degrees to be conferred
Faculty of Arts -
Doctor of Philosophy - Brigitte Anton, Anthony Roy Langlois, Hannah Lewington, Gordon William McCoy, Gillian Veronica McIntosh, Kathleen Martina Quinn, Nicholas Henry Whyte, Ralph Denzil Wraight
Master of Philosophy - Eunan Gerard McCreesh
Master of Arts - by Examination - Archaelogy - with Distinction - Andrea Josephine Cremin (in absentia), Pass - Gail Delehanty, Lisa Doyle, Wes Gordon Forsythe, Neal Samuel Johnston (in absentia), Stuart Boyd McCleary, English (English Language Study), Julie Ann Murphy, Thomas McGonigle(in absentia), English (Irish Writing), Niall Cormac Dunlevy, Irish History - Alan Michael Scott, Irish Studies - Kathleen Marie Burke, John Noel George McCaul, Music Technology - William Michael Taylor, Performance Studies - Anne Louise Irvine, Psychoanalytic Studies - Matthew Gammon, Vera Marjorie Graham, Mary Teresa Siobhan Mackle-Lynch, Renaissance Music - Eithne Marie-Therese Egan (in absentia), Bachelor of Arts - Joint Honours Schools - Single Classification - First Class Honours - Angela Jane O'Reilly in English and Modern History - Second Class Honours, First Division - Suzanne Lesley Abbott in English and Psychology - Richard Bleakley in English and Modern History(in absentia), Amanda Louise Brown in Philosophy and Scholastic Philosophy - John Brownlow in Ancient History and Modern History - Mark Gary Carlin in English and Modern History - Thomas Hugh Carroll in Modern History and Politics - John Connellan in Modern History and Politics - Jacqueline Wendy Cousins in Psychology and Sociology - Nigel Darren Craig in Biblical Studies and Byzantine Studies
Grainne Doherty in Politics and Social Anthropology - Gillian Duffy in English and Politics - Christopher John Ferguson in Scholastic Philosophy and Sociology - Linda Leigh Gallagher in English and Politics - Eunice Joan Gillan in Modern History and Politics - Darren Warren Gilmore in Modern History and Politics - Clare Goddard in Geography and Politics - Nicola Gorman in English and Modern History - Nigel Thomas Haworth in Geography and Modern History - Alan Noel Patrick Healy in English and Sociology - Colin Jackson in English and Politics(in absentia), Sharon Sara Elizabeth Jamison in English and Politics - Lorna Margaret Johnston in Economic & Social History and Modern History - Clare Elizabeth Anne Keenan in Ancient History and Archaeology - Elaine Christine Lavery in Modern History and Politics - Helen Clare Legge …