Gloucestershire College Higher Awards Ceremony 2014

3 December 2014

Gloucestershire College celebrated the achievements of over 400 higher education students in the grand setting of Gloucester Cathedral at its 24th Higher Awards Ceremony. 103 students graduated in person, across 23 higher education subjects.

Courses recognised at the ceremony, which welcomed Suzanne Hall-Gibbins, Director of Circle2Success as Guest of Honour, included Higher National Certificates in Graphic Design, Computing and Mechanical Engineering, professional qualifications in Leadership and Management, Quality and Accounting to a range of teaching qualifications and a Foundation Degree in Aerospace Computer Systems.

28-year-old Joseph Smith, who graduated after completing the Post-Graduate Certificate in Post-Compulsory Education and Training, ended the ceremony with a vote of thanks on behalf of the student body; in particular thanking the staff of the College and the friends and family in attendance who have supported their studies. 

Former Principal of the College, Greg Smith, and former Vice Chair of the Board of Governors, Dick Stroud, were also awarded Honorary Vice President titles at the ceremony, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the work of the College and its students.

Addressing the graduates and their guests, Suzanne Hall-Gibbins commended their efforts and shared her own experience of returning to education as her husband had opted to retrain in teaching later in life.

Matthew Burgess, Principal and Chief Executive said: “The Higher Awards Ceremony is a fantastic celebratory occasion, and we are so proud of each and every graduate who has achieved a higher education qualification with us. Each story of individual achievement here today is important.

It’s not easy to study at this level, but it’s worth it. So many of our higher education students go on to successfully secure work in their chosen field, to gain a promotion in their workplace or to progress onto a higher level of study and I wish them all success in the future.” 

Check out the photos of the ceremony in the Facebook album.

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