Graduating from Air and Defence College (A&DC) is a huge achievement and one that students from New College Stamford's Air and Defence course didn't have to miss out on when they attended their graduation 'virtually' this week, with the first ever live-streamed ceremony.
The event, which normally takes place at the grand RAF Cranwell College Hall was moved to the online platform Zoom due to the current coronavirus restrictions in place. However, over 100 students and parents from all three Air and Defence College's (New College Stamford, Lincoln College and College of West Anglia) still took the opportunity to dress up and join their tutors and RAF colleagues on the online platforms
Air Commodore Suraya Marshall who opened the ceremony said, “The Air and Defence College is one of the key ways that the Royal Air Force College is seeking to inspire and attract talent into a Service that truly reflects the society we serve.
“I was delighted to be part of this occasion and wish all graduating students every success in their future careers either in the Royal Air Force or the defence industry.”
Award winning students were also announced during the ceremony, and the following students were all awarded from New College Stamford by Air and Defence Coordinator Sara Gibson:
- Best Male Award: Matthew Trevett
- Best Female Award: Karis Haughton-Brown
- Students' Student of the Year Award: Ellie Mytton
- In Pursuit of Excellence Award: Ellie Mytton
Group Captain Paul McClurg, Group Captain Training, praised the achievements of students.
“In what have been extremely challenging and extraordinary times facing us all, the virtual graduation was the most suitable mechanism to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the students of the Air and Defence Colleges at Lincoln, Kings Lynn and Stamford.
“My sincere thanks go out to all of the teaching staff, at each of the Colleges, and the RAF personnel and units who continue to support the A&DC, playing a pivotal role in developing and preparing these young people for their future careers.”