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'Class of 2017' Graduation Ceremony

West Herts College students recently celebrated their graduation at Watford Colosseum. We held our annual Higher Education (HE) Graduation ceremony on Friday 15 September, seeing students who completed their higher and professional qualifications in the summer return to graduate as the Class of 2017.

The College’s HE programme offers a wide range of Foundation degrees which are validated and awarded by the University of Hertfordshire and HNDs are that are awarded by Pearson (Edexcel).

As is always the way, the students arrived ahead of schedule to don their caps and gowns and the posing for photography, both formal and selfies, was non-stop. Whilst this was going on, a delightful afternoon tea was served to everyone attending the ceremony. Just shy of 130 students graduated this year and, after adjusting their gowns and caps one last time, everyone in attendance took their seats for the ceremony.

Proceedings commenced with an introduction from the College’s Director of Higher Level Learning, Scott Isaacs. After this Sal Jarvis, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience at the University of Hertfordshire, gave an inspiring speech to a crowd of nearly 600 people.

College Principal Gill Worgan gave the keynote speech, saying: “Don’t underestimate what you have achieved, today represents a life changing moment. It’s always very special to us whenever our students graduate – we are hugely proud of you, and we wish you every success for the future. This is your day, your special occasion, and we are delighted to be sharing it with you.”

The Class of 2017 comprised of graduates in courses from an array of sectors, including Art and Design, Business, Computing, Sport, Travel, Public Services, Health, Education and Care and Creative Enterprise.

Oliver Nutkins, graduated with a HND in Music: “This course was a great challenge, I am excited to have graduated but at the same time I’m really sad that it is all over because I have had such a great experience and met some fantastic people.”

Daisy Barrett, who graduated with a Foundation degree in Early Years, also spoke highly of her time at College, saying: “I’m excited for my next adventure but I won’t ever forget my time at West Herts College and I hope to stay in touch with the people I’ve met during my time here.”

Una Pearce, who graduated with a Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, said: “My best advice is to stick at what you’re doing and you will succeed no matter what. The course was tough but I was very determined to graduate. I now know that whatever age you are, you never stop learning!”

Once everyone had received their awards Scott Isaacs returned to the stage to congratulate the Class of 2017, encouraging family and friends to do the same. The graduates then returned the gesture, with a rousing round of applause to thank their loved ones for their support.

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