Students celebrate graduation success with Paralympic Athlete

Students celebrate graduation success with Paralympic Athlete

Students celebrate graduation success with Paralympic Athlete  
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Northumberland College celebrated the success of more than 1,000 students and apprentices at graduation ceremonies last week.

Six events took place at the college's Kirkley Hall Campus where both students and apprentices were applauded by family, friends, employers and tutors for their achievements during the past year. Awards were also given to students who had excelled in their studies or gone above and beyond requirements to develop themselves and fellow students.
At the college's Higher Education ceremony, British National Champion, Craig McCann, who is ranked number one in Paracycling as well as wheelchair fencing, presented graduates with awards. 
Craig said: "It was a pleasure to be guest speaker at Northumberland College's Higher Education Graduation ceremony. I personally understand the hard work and dedication that goes into studying and reaching your goals. All of the graduates should be proud and look forward to a great future."
After a routine medical examination, Craig had upon joining the Royal Air force in 2004, doctors discovered a brain tumour that would leave him disabled.
After a long rehabilitation, Craig went on to study Business at University and during that time was scouted through the Paralympic Potential program by British Disabled Fencing, which was the start of his professional sporting career.  
At the Apprenticeship graduation ceremony, apprentices who had been awarded intermediate and advanced apprenticeships ranging from motor vehicle to fashion, beauty and animal management, were presented with awards by Shi Weiliang, Vice President of Huawei UK Enterprise, the technology giant that manufactures a whole range of telecommunications equipment and devices.
Speaking at the Apprenticeship ceremony, Marcus Clinton, Principal for Northumberland College, said: "One of the most important parts of our work is delivering Apprenticeships. We now have direct relationships with over 1,000 employers and a thriving Apprenticeship Academy providing training in over 40 sector-subject areas to over 500 Apprentices."