Glittering annual awards for New College Lanarkshire learners

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Congratulations to New College Lanarkshire’s class of 2018!

Hundreds of learners have celebrated their academic achievements at our annual Awards Ceremonies.

Almost 600 students completing their studies at campuses across Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire were joined by friends, family, staff members and invited guests at the glittering occasion.

The graduation day encompassed two ceremonies at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Friday, November 16.

All students who had completed a course at SCQF Level 7 or above were invited to attend to receive their award from Principal Martin McGuire.

The first ceremony at 11am attracted graduands from the Faculty of Business, Social Science & Sport and the Faculty of Computing & Creative Industries, while a second ceremony at 4pm was dedicated to those in the faculties of Care & Science, Engineering & Automotive, and Service Industries.

Stand-up comedian and Capital FM Breakfast presenter Des Clarke addressed students before accepting a fellowship award for services to the creative industries in Scotland.

The host of BBC Radio Scotland’s Breaking the News said: “It was such an honour to be there with all the amazing students who had worked so hard.

“I went to university, but I didn’t graduate because my comedy career took off, so it was lovely for my family, my mum and my sister, to share that moment with them.

“It felt like I was part of something really special and one of the most important things that I’ve ever done."

Five Awards for Academic Excellence were given to students who had shone in the course of their studies, with each receiving a cheque for £200 from sponsors Ede & Ravenscroft.

There was also a special award dedicated to the memory of a much-loved Law lecturer, Eleanor Lafferty, who sadly passed away in November 2017.

The first Eleanor Lafferty Award for Achievement was presented to Ashley Watson, 29, from Airdrie, who achieved the highest mark for her Graded Unit exam in HND Legal Services.

Four lucky students found ‘Golden Tickets’ under their seats to claim a prize of an Amazon Echo Dot.

Current HND Music students opened and concluded the proceedings on a high note with rousing performances. The band included Nicole Martin on vocals, Ian Devlin on guitar, David McNally on bass, Matthew Preston on drums, and Stephanie Cowan on saxophone.

Principal Martin McGuire said: “This important occasion in the College calendar provides an opportunity for family, friends, college staff and invited guests to join students in a celebration of their achievement in attaining an educational qualification.

“For many students, this award will be part of a continuing educational process and will perhaps be an important first step in a future path of lifelong learning.

“I am confident that the vocational qualification students have achieved at New College Lanarkshire will greatly assist in their future career development.”

Photos by HND Photography students Craig Murray and Kirstie Traynor.

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