Grad­u­ates make the grade

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ian Bunting

Mon­k­lands stu­dents were recog­nised for their won­der­ful work through­out the year at New Col­lege La­nark­shire’s an­nual awards cer­e­monies.

Nearly 600 peo­ple who com­pleted their stud­ies at the col­lege’s cam­puses across La­nark­shire – in­clud­ing Coat­bridge – and East Dun­bar­ton­shire were joined by proud friends, fam­ily, staff mem­bers and in­vited guests at the glit­ter­ing oc­ca­sion.

The grad­u­a­tion day in­volved two cer­e­monies at Glas­gow Royal Con­cert Hall and stu­dents who com­pleted a course at SCQF Level 7 or above were in­vited to at­tend to re­ceive their award from col­lege prin­ci­pal Martin McGuire.

The first cer­e­mony at­tracted grad­uands from the fac­ul­ties of busi­ness, so­cial sci­ence and sport and com­put­ing and cre­ative in­dus­tries, while the sec­ond gath­er­ing was ded­i­cated to care and sci­ence, engi­neer­ing and au­to­mo­tive, and ser­vice in­dus­tries stu­dents.

Julie Sav­age, 24, of Air­drie was one of five stu­dents to scoop aca­demic ex­cel­lence awards, with each re­ceiv­ing a cheque for £200 from spon­sors Ede & Raven­scroft.

The in­au­gu­ral Eleanor Laf­ferty award for achieve­ment was pre­sented to Ash­ley Watson, 29, also from Air­drie, who achieved the high­est mark for her graded unit exam in HND le­gal ser­vices.

Cur­rent HND mu­sic stu­dents opened and closed pro­ceed­ings on a high note with rous­ing per­for­mances; the band in­cluded Ni­cole Martin on vo­cals, gui­tarist Ian Devlin, David McNally on bass, drum­mer Matthew Pre­ston and Stephanie Cowan on sax­o­phone. Fol­low­ing both cer­e­monies, stu­dents and their guests en­joyed a drinks re­cep­tion in the foyer to toast their suc­cess and cap­ture the mo­ment with pho­to­graphs.

Prin­ci­pal Martin McGuire said: “This im­por­tant oc­ca­sion in the col­lege cal­en­dar pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for fam­ily, friends, col­lege staff and in­vited guests to join stu­dents in a cel­e­bra­tion of their achieve­ment in at­tain­ing an ed­u­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

“For many stu­dents, this award will be part of a con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tional process and will per­haps be an im­por­tant first step in a fu­ture path of life­long learn­ing.

“I am con­fi­dent that the vo­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion stu­dents have achieved at New Col­lege La­nark­shire will greatly as­sist in their fu­ture ca­reer de­vel­op­ment.”

In­au­gu­ral win­ner Ash­ley Watson scooped the first Eleanor Laf­ferty award for achiev­ing the high­est mark for her HND le­gal ser­vices graded unit exam

In the spot­light Julie Sav­age re­ceives her aca­demic ex­cel­lence award from guest speaker, co­me­dian and ra­dio pre­sen­ter Des Clarke

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