Well-wishers looked on in admiration as proud graduates processed through the town centre after successfully completing their degree level courses at New College Stamford.
The annual graduation ceremony was this year held at Stamford Methodist Church, on Barn Hill, and celebrated another year of fantastic results from various courses such as animal management, computing, graphic design, photography, performing arts, teaching and many more.
Once gowned in their robes and mortarboards, graduates made their way from Stamford Town Hall to the church, as proud parents, bystanders and streams of well-wishers admired the procession of colourful gowns and celebratory regalia.
Market Deeping’s Paralympic medalist Jade Etherington warmed the hearts of the crowd with a very inspirational speech about how, with a bit of determination, you can achieve anything you put your mind to, recognising the students’ hard work that had led them to this very day.
New College Stamford principal Janet Meenaghan said: “We are seeing an increasing demand from employers and students choosing to study at University Centre Stamford as the costs of university study rises.
“College offers a local solution, making degrees affordable for everyone. We pride ourselves on our personal and supportive approach.
“We are proud of our college and we are exceptionally proud of our students.”
To end the celebration, catering and hospitality students from the college’s Gallery Restaurant provided a lavish array of home-made pastries, sandwiches and cakes for afternoon tea with former music performance student Meg McPartlin and partner, The Eastern School of Performing Arts, providing the entertainment.
With the opening of the new University Centre, staff say the benefits of studying closer to home are clear – pay less, gain more, go far, and this year’s graduation was another example of how this was possible for many students.
If you are interested in studying a course at University Centre Stamford visit the open evening on Tuesday, October 11, from 5pm to 8pm.
For more information, visit www.stamford.ac.uk or call 01780 484311.