Students celebrate success at graduation

Students from University Campus Barnsley (UCB) and Barnsley College have been honoured at their Graduation ceremony.

Led by a local brass band, the students processed from University Campus Barnsley to The Civic with many members of the public and local businesses supporting the graduands as they processed.

The ceremony, for those students who have completed Higher Education courses at UCB and Barnsley College over the last year, was attended by graduands, their guests and VIPs including senior college staff, His Worshipful the Mayor of Barnsley Cllr Brian Mathers, the High Sheriff John Holt Esq and the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire Mr Andrew Coombe.

Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis was the keynote speaker and gave his account of overcoming life-challenges with self-belief and determination to succeed.
Mr Jarvis finished with a reminder of Barnsley’s motto ‘Spectemur Agendo’ which translates as ‘Let us be judged by our actions’.

Principal Christopher Webb said: “I have attended many previous Graduations, but this was the first time I was able to present such inspirational individuals with their certificates as Principal.

“It was a real pleasure to welcome the graduates and their guests to the ceremony and we are very proud of their achievements.”

Recently retired Chair of Governors Josie Thirkell congratulated the graduands on their unprecedented success during her speech and expressed the privilege of her involvement within Barnsley College for most of the last decade.

Mrs Thirkell said: “I have been involved in education for 40 years and in Barnsley since 2002 until recently when I retired. In that time I have been privileged to be a part of a magnificent team that has, with the college staff and governors and the town council changed the face of Barnsley town centre and more importantly the opportunities available to aspiring Barnsley students.

“I wish to echo the thought that learning never stops and whatever life has to offer all of the graduates, it will be enhanced by ambition and continued investment in learning.”

Student Jessica Silcock, 24, of Collindridge Road, Wombwell, who studied a Certificate in Education and Training course said: “I really enjoyed graduation as it was a real celebration of what we have all achieved this year.

“My course has allowed me to secure a job at Barnsley College as a support worker doing what I absolutely love and inspiring other students on a daily basis.”

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Last updated: 10th November 2015

Originally posted on: 10th November 2015