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24 August 2011 | PR 11/101

Military splendour for 25 Loughborough University graduates

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Loughborough University Graduate Second Lieutenant James Eadie

James Eadie was one of 25 Loughborough University graduates who proudly marched up the steps of the Old College at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for the final time to take part in the Sovereign’s Parade.

The Sovereign's Parade marks the passing out from Sandhurst of Officer Cadets who have completed the Army’s 44-week Commissioning Course.

James, who studied Material Engineering at the University, has been commissioned into the Royal Engineers.  He graduated from Loughborough last June, prior to which he was a student at Welbeck College.

The parade is the final event for all successful officer cadets and dates back to 1812 when some of those being commissioned went on to fight in the Battle of Waterloo.  The parade traditionally ends with the Adjutant riding his horse up the steps of Old College as he follows the graduating Officer Cadets through the Grand Entrance.  

Training at Sandhurst covers military, practical and academic subjects and while it is mentally and physically demanding, there's also plenty of time set aside for sport and adventurous training.

Second Lieutenant James Eadie, as he is now known, was inspected at the parade by The Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir David Richards GCB CBE DSO ADC Gen, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, alongside 24 fellow Loughborough University graduates.

“It was a fantastic day, absolutely fantastic. The best bit was walking up the steps at the end of the parade,” he said.

After a formal lunch with friends, family and Regimental Officers, the day concluded in spectacular and celebratory fashion at the exclusive Commissioning Ball, where, at the stroke of midnight, the newly commissioned Second Lieutenants proudly display their rank insignia for the first time.

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Judy Wing
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Loughborough University
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Notes for editors:

1.  An image of Second Lieutenant James Eadie and of the Sovereign’s Parade is available from the University’s Public Relations Office.
         
2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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