December 13 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 18, 2013
More than 100 new graduates will today celebrate gaining their degrees and foundation degrees in Great Yarmouth at the annual graduation ceremony at the Minster.
Proud family and friends will gather to congratulate the latest graduates and achievers of professional and teaching qualifications of University Campus Suffolk (UCS) Great Yarmouth.
Dressed in their gowns and mortar boards, the graduates will be applauded for making the most of higher education opportunities on their doorstep and, for many of them, managing to fit their studies around family and work commitments.
The degrees and foundation degrees awarded today are all validated by the University of East Anglia and the University of Essex.
Many of today’s graduates joined Great Yarmouth College straight from school at 16 on vocational BTEC programmes and followed a clear progression pathway through to higher education through UCS on the campus of Great Yarmouth College
In five years, they progressed from school leaver to graduate without having to leave their hometown, living at home and keeping their part-time jobs and avoiding some of the rising student debts.
The award of Higher Education Student of the Year will be presented to James Baldwin, who illustrates perfectly the benefit of “degrees on your doorstep”.
He joined Great Yarmouth College at 16 on a Level 2 first Diploma in media after dropping out of school in year 10 because of health issues.
Today he graduates with a first class degree in arts practice after six years on the campus.
Others chose UCS Great Yarmouth after A levels or returning to learning as mature students after Access courses choosing to study one of the widening portfolio of courses on offer.
The ceremony will follow a civic and academic procession and marks the coming together of town and gown in a celebration of achievement for the borough.
During the proceedings, UCS will award an honorary fellowship to John Sewell, who recently retired from Perenco, for his contribution to the energy industry – one of the borough’s key employment sectors – and his encouragement and development of young people throughout his career, both in the workplace and his instrumental role in setting up the new engineering degree at the University of East Anglia.
David Hill, former chief executive of the James Paget University Hospital, will be made an honorary fellow of Great Yarmouth College for his services to health and care in the borough.
Mr Hill returned to the JPH from his role in Bermuda last year to lead its turnaround after highly-publicised breaches with the Care Quality Commission.
When he was chief executive from 1999 to 2006 he was instrumental in taking the hospital to the top UK rating of three stars for clinical excellence.
He was also part of the team that brought medical degrees to the University of East Anglia.
The congregation will also hear former Great Yarmouth College performing arts student Francesca Browne sing.
Francesca, who recently graduated with a BA (hons) in musical theatre from Colchester Institute, affiliated to the University of Essex, will provide a musical interlude in the ceremony.
The procession will enter the church to the Graduation March by former Great Yarmouth College student and UEA music graduate John Stephens, who composed it specifically for the Great Yarmouth graduation. Two graduates receiving their teaching qualifications today now teach at the college where they were students.
Ellie Mead and Krissi Kitson both studied BTEC Level 3 qualifications after leaving school. Ellie studied fashion and textiles and Krissi, performing arts.
Ellie studied for a foundation degree at UCS Great Yarmouth before moving away to complete her full BA (hons) degree at another university, showing her final collection at Graduate Fashion Week.
She now teaches fashion and textiles students at Great Yarmouth College alongside running her own business.
Krissi studied a degree in musical theatre at Colchester Institute, affiliated to the University of Essex, and returned to teach dance at Great Yarmouth College.
Both receive their Professional Graduate Certificate in Education at today’s graduation.