Rotherham College held its third Higher Education Graduation Ceremony on Saturday 27th September to celebrate the success of their Higher Education students.

The pinnacle of a student’s academic achievement, the prestigious ceremony started with an eye-catching procession of College staff and VIPs. Dressed in traditional caps and gowns, the procession made its way from the College’s Wentworth Building, led by drummers and bagpipes from the Yorkshire Regiment of Pipes and Drums, through Rotherham Town Centre to the iconic Rotherham Minster.

An assembled gathering of proud dignitaries, family and friends eagerly awaited the procession inside the Minster, which acted as the perfect setting to acknowledge and celebrate the academic success of hard working students.

The ceremony started with a welcoming address by Gill Alton, Principal and Chief Executive of the College, who praised the hard work and inspiring journeys of the graduates. Speaking at the ceremony, she said:

“Acknowledging, celebrating and therefore rewarding young people by an uplifting, high quality and prestigious event is good for those graduating but also for the standing of the College and the Borough. I urge you to stay in touch with the College so that we can use your success stories to inspire our next cohort of students. You are role models of the future and on behalf of everybody at the College I would like to congratulate you on your outstanding achievement.”

The ceremony included the presentation of candidates for graduation and the conferring of degrees with inspiring speeches from guests of honour Sarah Champion, MP and Owen Gleadall, President of Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce.

Sarah praised the ‘ambitious, hard-working and intellectual students’ at the ceremony and encouraged the graduates to believe in themselves.

She said “Take a chance and do something good to help someone. Don’t just follow your dreams, chase them and achieve whatever you want to achieve.”

HE Graduation 2014
HE Graduation 2014
Rotheham College students at the HE Graduation ceremony

Owen Gleadall, who has over 35 years in the retail sector, said:

“My advice is to seize every opportunity and be brave enough to stand out. Grasp the opportunities that are presented to you and become the best you can be in whatever career path you want to take.”

The ceremony ended with student guest speaker and graduate, Luke Cardwell, commending the hard work of his tutors and the quality of the Higher Education courses on offer at the College. Speaking to the congregation, Luke said:

“The College has opened up a range of opportunities which I have seized. The tutors are the people who have helped me the most. Not just academically, but by helping you develop as a person and passing on their wisdom to prepare you for a career after you graduate.”

After the ceremony, students posed for photographs outside the picturesque surroundings of the Minster and nearby gardens before returning to the College campus for an informal lunch.

Congratulations to our Higher Education students who graduated on the 27th September 2014

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