91 students celebrate graduation
The image of gowns blowing in the wind and caps being thrown in the air returned last week as the graduation season arrived in its classic style, with Kirklees College kicking off the celebrations.
On Tuesday 30th June, students gathered at Dewsbury Town Hall to receive their certificates from college principal Peter McCann, Principal June Durrant and chair of governors Geoff Alvy.
The staff were joined by special guest speaker, Matthew Burton, of ‘Educating Yorkshire’ fame, as they handed over awards to 91 students with qualifications in everything from art and design to counselling and child development.
Mr McCann congratulated all the students on their higher education certificates and spoke about the importance of continuous learning, even after leaving college.
“Today is a culmination of two or three years of learning, endeavour and personal development to reach this point where you have demonstrated the higher level skills you, employers and indeed the economy of our country need, if we are to be competitive within a global economy,” he said.
“It is a day of joy, achievement and celebration but it is not the end of your journey of learning but rather another important staging post on a journey that can extend as far as you alone determine through your ambition, your passion, your courage and your commitment to be the best that you can be in whatever pathway you choose to follow in the future.
“If you develop a lifelong passion for learning you will never cease to grow in your career and as human beings.”
Mr McCann added that it was also a celebration of the achievement of the students’ support teams including staff, friends and families.
“Everybody needs a support team behind them to smooth the way for their success and push them to their potential,” he said.
“Some of the people in your team have come with you today to share in the pride and joy of your success because they care about you and I hope you will take quiet opportunity to join me in thanking them for the support they have given you during your studies.
“It is also a day of achievement for the College team who have also worked hard to support you and challenge you to get to this day.”