Graduates Shine at Cathedral Ceremony
Several hundred students were in high spirits on Saturday (6th November) after donning the traditional mortar boards and gowns to graduate from Cornwall College in ceremonies held at Truro Cathedral.
More than 700 students graduated from over 100 university courses during two ceremonies on the day. Subjects ranged from Business, Sport and Teaching to Horticulture, Equine and Zoological Conservation.
Dave Linnell, Principal of Cornwall College, addressed those graduating and their families. He said: “This is one of the highlights of the year at Cornwall College and, indeed, for the County of Cornwall. We are committed to providing students with the very best Higher Education here in Cornwall.
“This year has seen record numbers joining our Higher Education courses. Modern degree courses, incorporating academic challenge with the skills necessary for employment, are an attractive proposition. High quality graduates with these skills will contribute to the county’s economic resurgence.
“Opportunities are there for our graduates to take a lead in the exciting future that lies ahead for our County. We have the belief that you can do this. Many congratulations to this year’s graduates. We, your family, friends and staff, are all very proud of you.”
Graduates attended from all Cornwall College campuses in Camborne, Newquay, Saltash and St Austell, as well as Duchy College in Stoke Climsland and Rosewarne, and Falmouth Marine School.
Beverly Tarbox from Camborne, who graduated from an FdSc Healthcare Practice course, said: “I’m thrilled to have graduated. It’s been really emotional, I can’t believe I’m here! Without my degree I wouldn’t have got my job as an Assistant Practitioner at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treliske.”
Whilst the majority of graduates are from Cornwall and Devon, about 10 per cent are from outside of the region, including Hertfordshire, Yorkshire and West Lothian. Some had even further to travel, coming from Ireland and Germany.
Nicola Morris, a BSc Applied Zoology graduate from Camelford was presented with the University of Plymouth Student of the Year award by Dr Colin Williams, Dean of the University of Plymouth Colleges. Nicola was described by her lecturers as ‘an incredibly conscientious and industrious student, always keen to explore and develop ideas relating to information, conservation and zoology. Her contributions to the module Applications of Zoology showed a level of originality that would reflect well on Masters Graduate.’
Carolyn Trevethick from Redruth was named as Cornwall College Student of the Year. The BSc Combined Social Science student gained First Class Honours despite extremely stressful demands on her non-academic life.
Darryn Richards from Redruth was awarded the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce award, presented by Martin Follett, Chairman of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, for the most outstanding student in the field of business. In his citation, the MA Management graduate was described as a ‘highly dedicated, highly motivated manager’.
Kevin Lavery, Chief Executive of Cornwall Council, was guest of honour, presenting speeches at both morning and afternoon ceremonies.
The ceremonies finished on a high breaking from tradition as graduates processed up the central aisle in front of the platform party, academics and guests to the song ‘Shine’ by Take That. A special 16 minute version of the song was edited together by Cornwall College Music Technology student Alex Morgan, 17 from Redruth.
Cornwall College is a partner of the University of Plymouth Colleges faculty, having worked together for over 25 years. All undergraduate courses are approved by the University of Plymouth through the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) initiative. The MA in Management is accredited by Coventry University.
Cornwall College is currently taking applications for courses starting in September.