College students celebrate success

College students celebrate success

College students celebrate success  
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Northumberland College students gathered at the Kirkley Hall Campus last week to celebrate the college’s 2013 graduation and student awards ceremonies.

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 paths.

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 future endeavours."

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 year.

More photos from the events can be found on the college's Facebook page.