The vast atrium of the minster was a sea of colour, as students graduated with degrees from Hull University, the Royal Agricultural University and the University of Huddersfield.
Each graduand was presented with a scroll by the representatives from the college’s partner universities. Those eligible for University of Hull degrees were congratulated by Ms Christine Murphy, director of learning and teaching, while the Royal Agricultural University and University of Huddersfield conferees were awarded their degrees by principal lecturer, Dr. Roy Fisher.
College principal and chief executive, Bill Meredith congratulated those graduating, stating how proud he was to see so many graduating;
I would like to start by telling you how delighted I am to see so many of you completing your studies with us this year. Your hard work, determination and passion is what has carried you to today’s fantastic achievement.
He added; “For many of you, that has meant juggling your studies and fitting it in around work, family life, children; making your achievements even more impressive.”
In total over 1,700 students have complete their studies at the college this year, with more than 300 those awarded degrees.
Among those graduating was Ellen Brain, who started her PGCE with no teaching experience and has since gone on to secure a permanent teaching contract at the college. Also among the graduates was Shay Kelly, who, while studying, set up a blog teaching people how to train their pets with non-forceful techniques. The blog has gone on to become one of the premier training aids in the UK in little over two years.
PGCE graduate, Ruth Dervey, took time at the celebration to propose a vote of thanks on behalf of the students;
We have all been on an incredible journey, and without the support, encouragement and understanding from our loved ones, many of us would not have made it to today.
On behalf of everyone here today, I want to thank you for your unconditional love and support… which was never more so evident than on those days, usually before a deadline or an assessment, where we were less than pleasant to live with.
Ending the ceremony, the Principal added;
“Today’s achievements couldn’t have been possible without the support of the staff at the College. They should also be congratulated on their hard work and commitment to the students and the continued success of Bishop Burton College. There is no clearer evidence of that than the celebration of success we see here today. On behalf of the governors and the senior leadership team, I want to thank you for your dedication to the college, our students, and for always striving for the very best.”
“And to our graduates today, enjoy today’s celebration. This is the start of an exciting adventure and I wish you all the very best of luck as you move onward with your promising careers.”