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Gloucestershire College Higher Awards Ceremony 2015

19 November 2015
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Guest of Honour: Oli Christie, CEO of Neon Play and founder of Rock the Cotswolds. 

Gloucestershire College is celebrating the achievements of over 400 higher education students on Friday 27 November in the grand setting of Gloucester Cathedral at its 25th Higher Awards Ceremony. 102 students will graduate in person, across 20 higher education subjects.

Courses recognised at the ceremony, which will welcome Oli Christie, CEO of Neon Play and founder of Rock the Cotswolds as guest speaker, include Higher National Certificates (HNCs) in Construction and Electronic and Mechanical Engineering; Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) in Business, Computing and Creative Practice; foundation degrees in Uniformed Public Services, Early Years and Health and Complementary Therapies; and a range of teaching and accounting qualifications.

The awards ceremony will begin with a formal procession through the Nave, before the Chair of the Board of Governors, Graham Ripley, declares the ceremony open and Principal Matthew Burgess delivers the opening address.

53-year-old Linda Bennett from Cheltenham, who will graduate after completing the Foundation Degree in Early Years Studies, will end the ceremony with a vote of thanks on behalf of the student body, before the National Anthem is sung as the procession leaves the cathedral.

Matthew Burgess, Principal and Chief Executive said, “The Higher Awards Ceremony is a wonderful celebration, and we are proud of each and every graduate who has achieved a higher education qualification with Gloucestershire College.

“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, gain a promotion in the workplace or progress on to a higher level of study, and I wish them all success for the future.” 

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