Cheers and applause echoed through Salisbury Cathedral as Higher Education students celebrated their achievements at Wiltshire College’s annual graduation ceremony.
A total of 192 graduates attended the ceremony on Friday 3rd November, watched on proudly by friends and relatives.
The event, which started with a formal procession through the city for staff, VIPs and graduands from nearby City Hall, was followed by a welcome address from Principal Amanda Burnside.
Speaking to a total of 700 guests, she said: “I am very honoured to be here and sharing the day with you in this impressive setting with just some of the 12,000 Wiltshire College students and representatives of the college’s 1,000 strong staff body including some of the Higher Education teaching staff on stage.
“We have more than 700 higher level students and the College’s range of higher education courses is impressive, increasingly reflecting employment led demand such as our degrees in Early Years and Motorsport Engineering for example.
“While our growth reflects the increasing number of students who wish to study locally, we also have courses that attract students from across the UK and abroad – such as our renowned degree in Film Production and Cinematography which has had another very successful year.
“Several of our students have had notable achievements this year – we are proud of you all and wish you every success in your future careers.”
This year’s guests of honour included Navy Secretary, Rear Admiral Simon Williams, and Salisbury MP John Glen, who gave the keynote address.
The College was also pleased to have the Royal British Legion band once again which performed an ensemble of music before, before, during and after the ceremony.
Wiltshire College partners with some of the country’s top universities including the Royal Agricultural University, University of Bath, Bath Spa, Bournemouth and University of Greenwich.
The college was pleased to share its ceremony with students from the Royal Navy who completed CMI Management courses in very challenging working environments on board ship or submarine, often in operations deployment and six graduates from New College Swindon.
After the ceremony, graduates and their guests celebrated with a reception back at City Hall.
Uniformed Public Services students from the Salisbury campus offered their support by marshalling the procession to the Cathedral.
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