Graduates and parents celebrate at ceremony
Buy this photo » Swindon College held its annual graduation ceremony on Friday
IT WAS a proud day for both parents and students on Friday as Swindon College held its annual graduation ceremony.
Students donned their gowns and mortar boards as they gathered at the Jurys Inn on Fleming Way.
They proceeded along Princes Street in procession where the students were presented with their qualifications at Holy Rood Church and the overcast weather did not dampen spirits as everyone enjoyed the special occasion.
The college principal Andrew Miller said: “This is a very proud day for the college.
“It’s great to be able to congratulate all these young people for their hard work over the last couple of years.
“It is also good to be able to further work with Oxford Brookes University who many of the awards are with.”
Andrew is hoping that the graduation day will not only help to inspire other people to take part in higher education qualifications but provide another generation of workers to boost the local economy.
He said: “Swindon needs a lot more young people to get into higher level education and the more who take it up the better it could potentially for employers in the town.
“Having achieved the Outstanding Award in our Ofsted inspection earlier this year today is another part of a very good year for the college.”
Several hundred pupils took part in the ceremony, some already on the career path while others now with decisions on their futures to make.
Rebecca Marks, 24, who got a distinction in her Media Make-Up HND, said: “I’m so happy and I felt very emotional before the ceremony. I have been studying here for four years because I did a national diploma before so this has been a long-time coming.
“I have always wanted to go through a graduation ceremony so its a bit of dream come true.
“The college have been absolutely brilliant. I have enjoyed my time here so much and the tutors have been so supportive all the way through.”
During her course Rebecca has enjoyed success in a number of national competitions and has won a place at Bath Academy starting in January.
It has not just been youngsters who have enjoyed success but some who have years of experience in their field.
James Tischer, 36, had worked for more than 15 years in carpentry before deciding to go into teaching.
He said: “I had reached a point where I felt I couldn’t go any further and wanted to do something different. I approached the college about a job teaching at the college and have spent the last three years teaching whilst working on my qualification.
“I’m very proud to be graduating today. It’s not something I ever thought would happen.”
James got his Diploma in Technology and will now continue working at the college.
Kate Davey, 28, received a distinction for her civil engineering HND. She gained her qualification while working in the council planning department. She said: “I’ve had a great time at the college and really enjoyed myself.
“I’m thinking about taking a year away from studying but then I might look to get my degree.”
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