Graduation 2013: Tragic Charlotte Blackman's parents to pick up first-class award
THE parents of high-achieving and popular Education Studies graduate Charlotte Blackman, who tragically died last summer while on holiday in Dorset, will receive her degree certificate on her behalf at the Assembly Rooms.
Charlotte should have been graduating with a first-class honours degree along with her fellow BA (Hons) Education Studies students.
Fiona Shelton, senior lecturer in Education Studies, said: "Charlotte was a sunny, bright and beautiful young woman.
"She was also a conscientious, committed and able student, and used her strengths to support and assist others, as well as to achieve academic excellence herself.
"Charlotte was very sensitive to the needs of others and was interested in pursuing work with children with special educational needs. She had an astute understanding of the needs of these children that she shared very generously with the people on her course, enriching their learning and experience.
"Her fantastic first-class honours degree reflects the hard work and commitment she put in throughout the course. We are all very proud of her achievements."
One of Charlotte's friends and course-mates through-out her time at university, Stacey Cutler, added: "Charlotte was always fun-loving, upbeat and happy. But what will stay with me is how enthusiastic and passionate she was about her studies, and her voluntary work with autistic children.
"Graduating without Charlotte will be bittersweet but we are all thankful just to have known her."
A music event in support of the Charlotte Blackman Memorial Fund, which has been set up to raise money for autistic and vulnerable children in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, is taking place on Saturday, February 2, at Heanor Miners Welfare Club.