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Record number of Graduates from Calderdale College in formal ceremony

8th October 2009 <b>Record</b> number of Graduates from Calderdale College in formal ceremony

Calderdale College’s formal graduation ceremony celebrated the achievement of a record number of learners gaining higher education qualifications at the College this year.

Calderdale College’s formal graduation ceremony celebrated the achievement of a record number of learners gaining higher education qualifications at the College this year.

233 students, compared with 134 in 2008, graduated with Foundation Degrees, BA Honours Degrees and HNDs, along with high level NVQs, Diplomas and Teaching Certificates.

Four first class BA Honours Degrees were awarded, two in Graphic Design and two in Visual Arts, and qualifications were gained in subjects covering the business, creative, media, health, care and education sectors. The College’s first HNCs in Construction were also awarded to nine students.

Around 400 students, family and friends filled the Victoria Theatre for the ceremony, along with college staff and governors. Roger Harvey OBE, chairman of Harvey’s Department Store and Barry Hill, who studied at Calderdale College and went on to gain a degree in Behavioural Sciences in spite of losing his sight, were also presented with the College’s first Inspiration Awards.

“Nearly all 233 learners are graduating in vocational subjects”, said Chris Jones, Principal of Calderdale College. “They’ve gained higher level skills which fit them for new employment or help them to work more productively and competitively in jobs that they’re already doing. Many will be contributing to making Calderdale a better place in which to live and work and we are immensely proud of them”.

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