Over 50 proud graduates processed through the streets of Stamford Town Centre on Tuesday afternoon after successfully completing their degree level courses at New College Stamford.
The annual ceremony, held at Stamford All Saints’ Church celebrated another year of fantastic results with students graduating from various disciplines such as Animal Management, Computing, Graphic Design, Photography, Performing Arts, Teaching and many more, all coming together for an unforgettable occasion.
Once gowned and adorned in their robes and mortarboards, graduates made the renowned journey to All Saint’s Church from the town hall as overjoyed parents, bystanders and streams of well wishers admired the procession of colourful gowns and celebratory regalia.
The Very Rev Mark Warrick welcomed the academic procession to the church as the Audrey Mattis Chorale enveloped the ceremony with an enthrallinggospel performance in preparation for the presentation of graduates to the platform.
Guest Speaker, Roger Begy OBE, Leader of Rutland County Council and former First Chairman of Lincolnshire and Rutland Learning and Skills Council, commended the students on their achievements, recognizing the years of hard work that had led them to this very day, inspiring them to keep learning and utilise their new skills and experiences in the working world.
Awards for exceptional achievement were also presented to five exceptional students during the event, recognizing individual, academic and personal successes throughout the duration of their time at New College Stamford.
Winners of the awards were Helen Beadsley from Oakham for Inspirational Achievement, Louisa Cartwright and Cameron Clack from Stamford who won the awards for Innovation and Endeavour and Taylor Brady from Peterborough who won The Chair of Governors Award for Inclusiveness.
Winner of the 2015 Award for Outstanding Student was Foundation Degree in Graphic Design graduate Charlotte Ramsey of Peterborough. After spending a number of years in industry Charlotte returned to New College Stamford where she exhibited drive, determination, creativity and imagination rarely seen at this level. Part way through her degree Charlotte was snapped up by local design agency DSquared of Stamford as their star intern.
Principal at New College Stamford, Janet Meenaghan said “We are seeing an increasing demand from employers and students for our University Level courses as the costs of university study rises. College offers a local solution, making degrees affordable for everyone. We pride ourselves on our personal and supportive approach. We are proud of our college and we are exceptionally proud of our students”
Graduates, guests, staff and dignitaries were welcomed to Stamford Arts Centre to enjoy Afternoon Tea where a lavish array of home-made pastries, sandwiches and cakes, professionally prepared by the college’s Catering and Hospitality students awaited them on their arrival.
It is evident that New College Stamford is rapidly becoming a popular choice amongst those wishing to gain a university level qualification locally. With the opening of their newly renovated University Centre the benefits of studying closer to home are clear – pay less, gain more, go far, and this years Graduation was another excellent example of how this was made possible for many students in the area.
If you are interested in studying a University Level Course at New College Stamford visit their University Centre Open Evening on Tuesday 22nd September from 5pm – 7pm. For more information on University Level courses visit www.stamford.ac.uk or call 01780 484311.