Entrepreneur Jo Malone MBE recommended three ingredients for success as she joined students and staff at GCU London’s graduation ceremony today.
Ms Malone, responsible for creating some of the world’s most-loved fragrances, addressed more than 80 graduates at the ceremony held at Christ Church, Spitalfields.
“Keep in mind the three ingredients essential for making an entrepreneur - passion, resilience and creativity,” said Ms Malone, who was appointed as an Honorary Professor of GCU and presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding successes in the luxury sector both in the UK and internationally.
“I ask you also to do these three things. Build businesses full of love - put 100% behind everything you do; build businesses that people can trust; and build businesses that can evolve. If you put these three things together, you will go on to build the global brands of the future.”
The ceremony celebrated academic awards in banking, finance and risk; fashion and luxury business, construction and project management; business, management and marketing; and public health.
Graduates were also joined by Dr Obinna Anuruegbe, who received the GCU London Alumnus of the Year Award, the medical doctor having immersed himself in life-changing charity work since graduating from GCU.
Dr Anuruegbe told graduates: “You have what it takes to make it in this world. Be the best in all that you do and be curious. Curious people get answers. You are an ambassador for GCU and your success is our success.”
GCU London promotes employability and global citizenship in graduates through its high-quality student experience, underpinned by GCU’s mission as the University for the Common Good.
It is home to the British School of Fashion with postgraduate programmes including Digital Fashion Strategy, Fashion Business Creation, International Fashion Marketing and Luxury Brand Management.