Grad­u­a­tion cel­e­bra­tions

West Loth­ian Col­lege hosts cer­e­mony

West Lothian Courier - - News - Mar­jorie Kerr West Loth­ian Col­lege cel­e­brated its an­nual grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony re­cently.

And the event wel­comed a record num­ber of stu­dents and an au­di­ence of more than 700.

The cer­e­mony cel­e­brated the achieve­ment and ded­i­ca­tion of around 200 stu­dents who were col­lect­ing cer­tifi­cates in a va­ri­ety of sub­jects, in­clud­ing ac­count­ing, en­gi­neer­ing, com­put­ing, events, hair­dress­ing, fit­ness, care and many more.

It took place at West Loth­ian Col­lege on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 28, and was sup­ported by First East Scot­land, Busi­ness Gate­way West Loth­ian and lo­cal busi­nesses.

The grad­u­ates were joined by over 500 of their fam­ily and friends to mark the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of their cour­ses.

West Loth­ian Col­lege prin­ci­pal and chief ex­ec­u­tive, Mhairi Har­ring­ton OBE, pre­sented the grad­u­ates with their cer­tifi­cates.

Prin­ci­pal, Mhairi Har­ring­ton OBE, said: “Our grad­u­a­tion event is with­out doubt one of the most en­joy­able mo­ments of the year.

“This is a day for our learn­ers and their fam­i­lies and friends to be proud of all the suc­cesses that have been achieved over the year, and it is also a time when we re­flect on the di­verse range of ac­tiv­i­ties and ini­tia­tives that our stu­dents have been in­volved in over the past twelve months.

“This year has seen an un­prece­dented level of In­ter­na­tional ac­tiv­ity with well over 100 dif­fer­ent vo­ca­tional and work ex­pe­ri­ence vis­its and ex­changes for groups of learn­ers and staff trav­el­ling to many dif­fer­ent parts of the globe.

“In ad­di­tion we have ex­panded our range of pro­grammes and are par­tic­u­larly pleased with the sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in en­gage­ment with em­ploy­ers from rel­e­vant in­dus­try sec­tors. The for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tions which are be­ing awarded to­day have been well earned and are en­dorsed by ei­ther The Scot­tish Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Au­thor­ity or Pro­fes­sional In­sti­tutes to demon­strate their qual­ity and value.

“The ma­jor­ity of our learn­ers will al­ready have used their qual­i­fi­ca­tions to ei­ther go di­rectly into em­ploy­ment or to progress to a part­ner col­lege or Univer­sity with en­try into 1st, 2nd and even 3rd year de­gree study.

“Last but not least, on be­half of my­self and the col­lege staff who have had the plea­sure of work­ing with you dur­ing your pro­gramme, we wish you the very best for a bright and hope­ful fu­ture.”

The grad­u­a­tion was opened with a wel­come from Alex Linkston CBE, chair of the col­lege’s Board of Gover­nors, fol­lowed by open­ing re­marks from Prin­ci­pal Mhairi Har­ring­ton OBE and a speech from spe­cial guest, Sir Ge­off Palmer OBE, who is Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus in the School of Life Sciences at He­riot-Watt Univer­sity and a hu­man rights ac­tivist.

Spe­cial award win­ners were an­nounced by Fiona Hyslop MSP with the prizes pre­sented by West Loth­ian’s Provost Tom Kerr. The win­ners were: SQA Stu­dent of the Year ( En­ter­prise) award, Jodie McMeek­ing, HNC So­cial Sciences; En­ter­prise Award, Ni­cola Rus­sell, SVQ Level 3; Em­ployer En­gage­ment Award, Lisa Alexan­der, HNC Child­hood Prac­tice; Out­stand­ing Per­sonal Achieve­ment Award, An­drew Mitchell, HND En­gi­neer­ing Sys­tems; Out­stand­ing Per­sonal Achieve­ment, Monika Landowska, HNC Beauty Ther­apy; Out­stand­ing Per­sonal

Achieve­ment, Ha­ley Brun­ton, HNC Con­tem­po­rary Art Prac­tice; Out­stand­ing Per­sonal Achieve­ment, Kieran Ritchie, SVQ Level 3.

Clos­ing re­marks and a vote of thanks was given by Sarah Kerr, Stu­dent As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent.

Award win­ner Provost Tom Kerr SQA Stu­dent of the Year (En­ter­prise) Jodie McMeek­ing with

Spe­cial day Grad­u­ates lined up to re­ceive their awards

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