College celebrates students’ graduation

Ceremony held at Chester Cathedral

High achieving students from across Cheshire celebrated with their friends and families, along with the Lord Mayor of Chester Cllr Razia Daniels, at the South Cheshire College/West Cheshire College Higher Education Graduation Ceremony at Chester Cathedral.

The packed Chester Cathedral celebrated the success of more than 200 students who have studied at the College’s Campuses in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester.

One student, Amelia Crowther from Chester who achieved an ABC Diploma in Visual Merchandising for Retail, said: “It’s been a wonderful evening.

“I completed my Level 3 course at the college and wanted to continue studying retail so the Level 4 course was ideal. I love fashion and thanks to this course I’m now a Visual Merchandiser for Jack Wills.”

Alexander McGonagle from Ellesmere Port, who achieved a BTEC HNC Diploma in Performing Arts, said: “I studied Level 3 Performing Arts at the college but when I finished I didn’t feel quite ready for university.

“Continuing onto the Level 4 course has given me the opportunity to study at the same level as a university course. It’s also given me the confidence to continue my studies and I’m currently applying to drama schools to start next September.”

Keynote speaker for the event was entrepreneur Tony Stone who co-founded the porridge firm Stoats. He said: “I’m delighted to be here in Chester and in this amazing setting for the South Cheshire College/West Cheshire College graduation ceremony.”

Tony gave an inspiring speech about his successful career. He added: “What I’ve always done and would recommend is that you do something you’re passionate about.”

The students graduating studied more than 40 different higher education qualifications including Foundation Degrees and Higher National Diplomas.

Dhesi, Principal and Chief Executive at South Cheshire College/West Cheshire College, said: “This is our first Graduation Ceremony since we merged earlier this year and our HE and Professional qualifications are a very important part of our curriculum.

“With more than 400 students enrolled on our courses, the majority of whom study part-time, ensure that students can study whilst allowing for employment and family commitments.”

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