More than 1,500 family members and friends gathered at Truro Cathedral on Saturday to celebrate The Cornwall College Group’s (TCCG) 2018 graduates.
The impressive setting played host to two ceremonies that captured the pride and excitement of students locally and from across the world who chose to study in Cornwall and Devon.
Guest speaker, Sir Alan Tuckett, Professor of Education at the University of Wolverhampton delivered an inspiring speech to students.
A leading light in adult education, Sir Alan spoke about the addictive nature of education, the positive impact it has on people’s lives and the demand for higher level skills in the region.
The graduands studied across the Group’s colleges, which include Duchy College Rosewarne and Stoke Climsland, Bicton College, Falmouth Marine School, campuses in Camborne, Newquay, St Austell and Saltash, as well as those who studied higher education at the Eden Project.
Many have already embarked on exciting new journeys across a wealth of incredible careers.
FDA Early Childhood Studies graduate Rebecca Palmer won the Cornwall College Group Student of the Year award.
TCCG’s Director of HE, Dr Mark Nason, said Rebecca’s constant determination and commitment was “a joy to behold”.
Rebecca also raised money for a children’s cancer ward by jumping out of a plane and flew to Kenya to help build a primary school’s sensory playground.
“I never in a million years believed I would win this,” she said.
“And I wouldn’t have been able to do any of these amazing things if it hadn’t been for the course.”
The Plymouth University Student of the Year award was landed by RAF pilot Jordan Giles, who was described as an “inspiring, dedicated and diligent individual”.
He completed his RAF training and passed out of RAF Cranwell having studied FdSc Rescue and Emergency Management at Duchy College and then enrolling on the BSc (Hons) Emergency Sector Management and Interoperability at Bicton where he achieved a First Class Honours Degree.
The Cornwall Chamber of Commerce Business Student of the Year award went to BA Hons Business Enterprise student Laura McGinty.
She was praised for possessing an “incredible talent of producing work that is rich in content while being easy to read”.
Laura achieved the incredibly rare feat of getting a first in every module in the final year of her course.
TCCG’s university provision boasts specialist courses in business, agriculture and animals, engineering, horticulture, health, teaching and social sciences, marine, sports, technology, tourism and much more.
Chair of the Board of TCCG, Ian Tunbridge OBE, congratulated all the graduands and thanked all the families, colleagues and friends who supported the graduates throughout their degrees.
The spectacular ceremonies were broadcast to the general public in Truro through a giant screen, which also displayed tweets congratulating the graduates from friends and families.
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