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HE Graduation 2014

7 November was a proud day for everyone involved with West Herts College as students, who completed their higher and professional qualifications in the summer, returned to graduate as the Class of 2014.

 The College’s Foundation degrees are validated by the University of Hertfordshire and after a wonderful event last year the venue for the ceremony was once again the Weston Auditorium at the University of Hertfordshire’s de Haviland campus.

As is always the way, students arrived way ahead of schedule to don their caps and gowns and the posing for photography, formal and spontaneous, was non-stop. Students arrived from lunchtime to don their caps and gowns and pose for photographs. 

Just shy of 200 students graduated this year and after a few frantic last minute stylistic adjustments everyone in attendance took their seats for the ceremony, a further 200 proud family and friends included. 

Proceedings were opened by the College’s Head of Higher Level Learning, Scott Isaacs, before the College’s choir took on Ed Sheeran, Eurythmics, Eminem and Olly Murs to get the audience ready for the whooping and cheering that lay ahead.

 College Principal and Chief Executive 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 clocks, and celebrate. Congratulations to one and all.”

Students this year were graduating in courses from an array of sectors, including art and design, business and computing, care and early years, sport and performance, music and media. The awards were presented by Dr Andrew Clutterbuck, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire.

Tasnim Choudhury, who graduated with a Foundation degree in Media Production said: “I’m currently at the University of Hertfordshire doing my top-up year. The fact I already have a standalone qualification behind me makes me feel like I’m a step ahead. I’ve been able to put everything I learnt in the last two years into practice, the facilities were amazing and gave me a taste of what to expect from the industry. “

Sean Hughes, who graduated with a Foundation degree in Graphic Design said: “The best part of my course was my tutor, Julie. We learnt so much from her experience and she really knew how to get the best out of us. I’m about to start a new job as a Graphic Designer, I couldn’t have done it without the great start I got from my Foundation degree.”

Karen Tully, who graduated with a Foundation degree in Early Years said: “Studying part-time finally made continuing my education accessible. The tutors were so supportive and every module we studied related to my job. I’m so excited that all my hard work has paid off and it’s great to be able to celebrate with everyone today.”

Once everyone had had their well-deserved moment on stage Scott Isaacs returned to the stage to give a vote of thanks. The College choir once again took the place on stage, to close the ceremony with their inspiring take on Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’, which got the graduates and their family and friends up singing and dancing – ending the day on an appropriately celebratory note.

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