The Class of 2016 celebrated graduating from the University of Bedfordshire wearing the traditional gowns and mortar boards.
As nearly 800 proud students gathered in Harpur Square for their group photo, one graduate Lora Pllana got more than she expected from the day - her boyfriend Edison proposed.
Saying yes, the romantic pair were enveloped in Bedford’s biggest group hug with her fellow students.
Tuesday’s ceremony in the Corn Exchange was followed by a procession and a civic ceremony.
Along with celebrating all the graduates’ achievements, actor and musician Matt Berry was presented with an Honorary Doctorate for his contribution to the arts.
The critically-acclaimed singer and star of Toast of London and The IT Crowd, said his proud parents were sitting in the front row.
He said: “It was a big honour to receive the degree, and be invited to their ceremony.
“I know people put so much effort into their PhD - I have a degree in fine arts, so I know what it entails.”
Jazz musician Jacqui Dankworth also received an Honorary Doctorate.