Student achievements celebrated at Higher Education Awards Ceremony 2017
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The incredible achievements of Warrington & Vale Royal College’s higher education students have been celebrated at its inaugural graduation.
The ceremony, which took place in the magnificent St Elphin’s Church in Warrington, was the first since Warrington Collegiate and Mid Cheshire College merged to create the larger and stronger further education college.
Students from both the Warrington and Hartford Campuses came together to celebrate their success, with friends, family, staff and fellow students watching on with pride as they collected their ceremonial scrolls.
The ceremony recognised and applauded the determination and commitment of students who have completed HNCs and HNDs at the college, as well as professional accredited qualifications including teacher training, accountancy, marketing and leadership and management.
Graduates received an inspiring keynote speech from Professor Annette Mcintosh-Scott, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Chester. Anthony Dever, MD of construction company Adever also took to the stage to share his tales of education and success.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Warrington were also in attendance at the prestigious event, along with special guests including governors, college fellows, award sponsors and local dignitaries.
Kim Booth, who graduated on the night after completing HNC Health & Social Care at the college, closed the evening with the Student Vote of Thanks.
During her address, Kim praised the college and her tutors for the support she has received alongside her studies.
“The HNC has given me more confidence in myself than I ever thought I would have. Going back into education after 12 years, I was so nervous, but I made it through my first day and then came back the next, and the next, and the next.”
Kim, who has progressed onto the HND in health & social care, added: “One main reason why it was so easy to keep coming back was because of the immense amount of support that I received, both from my peers and from my tutors. The whole college has a great support system, including the Learning Resource Centre and the administration team, who I would like to thank. But this year I owe the higher education team a huge thank you, and specifically my tutors Gerri, Amy, Graham and Mel, who were a huge support throughout.”
As well as receiving academic certificates on the night, two special awards were also presented for outstanding achievement, dedication and commitment.
Scott Rowland, graduating in HNC Construction & the Built Environment, received the Oustanding Achievement Award, sponsored by Hobs Reprographics.
Student of the Year, sponsored by Wire FM, was awarded to HND Electrical & Electronic Engineering graduate Phillip Pagan.
Congratulations to all of our graduates!
Photographs by Create Photography.