Walsall College’s Higher Education Classes of 2020 and 2021 have officially marked the completion of their courses during a special graduation parade and ceremony.
120 students donned caps and gowns for a ceremony at Walsall Arena where they received certificates for achieving their qualifications at Level 4 and above.
Jatinder Sharma OBE, Walsall College’s Principal and Chief Executive said: “With the pandemic impacting on our ability to host celebratory events such as these, we were delighted to finally bring our 2020 and 2021 graduates together and officially acknowledge their achievements.
“Higher level skills are greatly sought after locally and nationally, which makes our graduates greatly sought after. I encourage them all to recognise their talent and now that they have the qualifications to match this, wish them the very best in their future careers.”
Guest speaker, was Amber Sandhu. The BBC presenter and journalist advised graduates to continue working hard, persevere with any further ambitions, as well as to be kind and be positive, stating that ‘everything works out in the end’.
The ceremony also included the presentation of special awards to four graduates nominated by their lecturers for making outstanding academic progress as well as overcoming barriers to learning.
Sindy Weals – STEAM faculty Higher Education Student of the Year
Riley Michael – Vocational learning faculty Higher Education Student of the Year
Rachel Jones – Adult and Community Learning Higher Education Student of the Year
Bal Lelli – Apprenticeships and Work-based Learning Higher Education Student of the Year
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