Walsall College’s Higher Education Class of 2019 marked the completion of their courses during a special graduation parade and ceremony.
120 students took part in a cap and gown parade through Walsall town centre led by Town Crier, Adrian Holmes. They then proceeded to Walsall Town Hall where they received certificates for achieving their qualifications at Level 4 and above.
Jatinder Sharma OBE, Walsall College’s Principal and Chief Executive said: “We are honoured to celebrate each students’ success in completing their university-level, industry-related qualifications.
“Their enhanced skills and knowledge will help them launch or move further in their careers. I speak on behalf of everybody when I offer my congratulations and wish them every success in the future.”
He continued: “Boosting skills levels year on year is vital to our local economy. This is why we will always do our best to ensure our students have the relevant expertise to make a lasting contribution to our region’s growth and prosperity.”
Over 350 guests, including lecturers, family, friends and employers witnessed the graduates receive certificates for completing Access to Higher Education, Higher National Certificate and Diploma qualifications as well as full degrees and higher level apprenticeships.
The ceremony also included the presentation of special awards to seven graduates nominated by their lecturers for making outstanding academic progress as well as overcoming barriers to learning.
Karl Bickerton from Stoke was named Higher Education Student of the Year. The 40-year-old graduated from a Higher National Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment and has now set up his own building maintenance business.
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