Both events were hosted by the College Principal, Stuart Cutforth
and Chair of Governors Jacqui Henderson CBE, who opened the
ceremonies with presentations about student successes and
activities over the past year.
Guests also enjoyed inspirational talks from invited speakers
bestselling author and international speaker, Nicola Cook, at the
graduation ceremony, and former clergyman turned luxury hotel
entrepreneur, Robert Parker, at the awards ceremony. Both speakers
gave inspirational talks about how through hard work and
determination they had achieved great things in their chosen career
The graduation ceremony saw the college's higher education
students celebrate achieving their Foundation Degrees, HNCs, HNDs
and NVQs in a range of subject areas.
The students, dressed in gowns and mortar boards, collected
their certificates in front of an audience of over 300 friends,
family, college staff and partners from local universities.
Stuart Cutforth said: "It was fantastic to see so many graduates
and guests at the ceremony this year. Many of our graduates will be
progressing on to degree programmes at the region's universities
and we'd like to wish each of them the best of luck for their
The following evening the college held their awards ceremony,
where students from across the college who had been nominated by
their tutors, were rewarded for their hard work and commitment on
their course with certificates and a variety of prizes.
Sponsors included Sincera, Northumberland County Council,
Berwick Borough Housing, The Friends of Kirkley Hall, Gusharts,
SureStart Children Centre North and Berwick Community Trust,
Northumbria Healthcare, Northumberland Sport, Institute of
Horticulture, Plant Heritage, Northumberland Fire and Rescue and
The Royal Forestry Society.
The two events, held at Kirkley Hall campus near Ponteland,
recognised the achievements of students during the 2012/13 academic
More photos from the events can be found on the college's Facebook page.