West Herts College held its Graduation ceremony on Friday 25 September, seeing students, who completed their higher and professional qualifications in the summer, return to graduate as the Class of 2015.
The ceremony took place at the University of Hertfordshire's de Havilland campus, Foundation degrees at the College are validated by the University. The College’s Higher Education (HE) programmes also include HNDs and industry-accredited qualifications such as CIPD diplomas.
As is always the way, the students arrived way ahead of schedule to don their caps and gowns and the posing for photography, both formal and selfies, was non-stop. 170 HE Students graduated this year and after adjusting their caps one last time everyone in attendance took their seats for the ceremony, including a further 200 proud family and friends.
College Principal Gill Worgan gave the main address, she said: “The qualifications you have achieved open a world of future possibilities, but Graduation Day is a one off. It’s a special day for graduates and family and friends. Today we stop the clock, and celebrate. Congratulations to one and all.”
The awards were presented by Dr Andrew Clutterbuck, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire.
Family, friends, tutors and graduates alike filled the theatre with rapturous applause throughout the presentation of awards, and each graduating student had the opportunity to enjoy a well deserved moment in the spotlight.
Once the awards have been handed out, Scott Isaacs returned to the stage to give a vote of thanks. A touching moment brought a close to proceedings as graduates thanked friends and family for their support with a standing ovation.