The achievements of more than 400 students who have achieved degrees and other Higher Education qualifications with City College Norwich were celebrated at Norwich Cathedral on Saturday 20th October.
Behind the graduates’ smiling faces in the historic surroundings of the Cathedral was a multitude of stories testifying to the huge, even life-changing, impact of their Higher Education (HE) achievements.
Among the graduates was Lilian Taylor, from Hingham, who received a BA (hons) degree in English at the age of 71. An inspirational example of lifelong learning, Ms Taylor was also be presented with the college’s HE Student of the Year award.
Others receiving HE awards included civil and mechanical engineers, early years practitioners and play workers, healthcare assistants, social care staff, trainee social workers, accountants, managers in hospitality, tourism and events, those working in the sports and leisure industry, public services, and education.
This spread reflects the college’s distinctive HE offer, which is substantially focused on work-related qualifications that have been developed in conjunction with employers. The national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey shows that only 1% of the college’s HE students are unemployed after graduating, compared to a national average of 5% for all HE students.
City College Norwich is continually developing its degrees and professional qualifications in line with changing employer and industry needs. Last year the college launched a new Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship and a Level 5 CMI Departmental/Operational Manager qualification. More recently, City College Norwich helped launched a new Nursing Associate programme, in conjunction with UEA – and a new Primary Teaching Apprenticeship is due to commence next September.
The college’s graduation celebration has a strong local flavour, with 98% of Saturday’s graduating students coming from Norfolk or Suffolk.
The majority of graduates received degrees, diplomas and certificates that are awarded by the College’s Higher Education partner, UEA. Other graduates were presented with Higher National Certificates (HNCs) or Diplomas (HNDs), teacher training qualifications, or qualifications from other awarding organisations.
These awards were presented by former Chief Executive of the TEN Group, Dick Palmer, in the morning, and by Tricia Fuller, HR Director, Norse Group, in the afternoon. Mr Palmer and Ms Fuller were also presented with an Honorary Doctorate awarded by UEA.
Corrienne Peasgood, Principal, City College Norwich, commented:
“Congratulations to all of our graduates who have worked so hard to succeed on a wide range of Higher Education and professional courses.
“Degree-level study is a major undertaking at any stage of your educational journey or career, even more so for those with family and other commitments. The inspirational example of our Student of the Year, Lilian Taylor, shows that you are never to old to learn.
“As well as celebrating our graduates’ hard work and determination, Graduation is an opportunity for us to recognise the fantastic support of our expert teaching staff, employer partners, and friends and family of all our new graduates.”