Cardiff Metropolitan University marked its 150th anniversary with a celebratory service at Llandaff Cathedral on Friday.
The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, conducted the service for a congregation of past and present Cardiff Met students, staff and leading figures from the local Cardiff community.
The service focused on the University, in its many guises as The Cardiff School of Art; Cardiff Technical School; The Cardiff College of Technology and Commerce; The Cardiff Training College; Llandaff Technical College; The Cardiff School of Art and Design; The Cardiff College of Food Technology and Commerce; Cardiff College of Education; South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education; Howard Gardens Art College; Cardiff Institute of Higher Education and UWIC.
Speaking about the ceremony, Professor Antony Chapman, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Cardiff Met said: "It was wonderful to see so many friends celebrating our 150th anniversary at Llandaff Cathedral. In particular we were honoured that the Archbishop of Wales and Bishop of Llandaff, The Most Reverend Dr Barry Morgan, himself an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff Met, delivered the Sermon and Blessing."
The Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Director of Student Experience Jacqui Hare, and Barbara Wilding, chair of the Board of Governors, all addressed the full Cathedral and reflected on Cardiff Met's history and future legacy.
Students and alumni contributed singing solos to the service and the Archbishop, Dr Barry Morgan, who is an Honorary Fellow of the University, highlighted how there is more to education than getting a three-year degree, and emphasised how a degree helps with the development of every aspect of our lives to 'become the kind of people we have it in us to become.'
He said the University had gone from 'glory to glory' since its foundation and praised it for having the courage and strength to continue to change and adapt. Describing it as his 'local' university, the Archbishop said Cardiff Met was stronger now than ever and that he was proud to be one of its fellows.
University Chaplain Revd Dr Paul Fitzpatrick highlighted how the University is a student-centred institution, with students at the very heart of all university activity, which is crucial for its future.
One hundred and seventy thousand students have studied through the University with the links with the City of Cardiff and the Cardiff community remaining consistent throughout its history.
The needs of business and higher education have changed throughout this time and the Institution has adapted and evolved accordingly, to build a first class reputation for employability, student satisfaction and internationalisation.