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We should try by all means to be as grateful as possible. For gratitude is a good thing for ourselves, in a sense in which justice, that is commonly supposed to concern other persons, is not; gratitude returns in large measure unto itself.

Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

Graduation is a time for celebrating academic success, but also for reflecting on friendships. The University of St Andrews brings together international and diverse combinations of people, in configurations unlikely to ever be exactly repeated.

Our students may go on to live different lives, but will be forever connected by the values that brought them here: the virtuous circle of learning and teaching.

That’s why the University is encouraging all graduating students to recognise not only the academic credits awarded, but also the friend credits owed. Our Friend Credits campaign is designed to create opportunities to say thank you to the people who have enriched our community.

Who do you want to say thanks to? Graduating students can share #graditude, and thank the #NamedSaints who’ve made their St Andrews experience special. Tell us who you think deserves Friend Credits and we’ll share your message in our Winter Graduation end credits on the graduation website, on the Alumni Twitter channel, or on our graduation live feed.

Seneca has described the elevating capacity of being one another’s champion, while more recent research suggests fostering gratitude could be a form of immunisation against consumerism:

"Our findings show that it is possible to reduce materialism… as well as one of its most common negative consequences (nongenerosity), using a simple strategy—fostering gratitude for the things and people in their lives," Lan Nguyen Chaplin, associate professor of marketing at the University of Illinois at Chicago."

Let us help make sure Winter Graduation reflects all we have to be grateful for, and take this opportunity to say thank you to those who’ve helped us along the way.

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