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Petroc Graduation Ceremony 2022

Higher Education students from Petroc received their degree-level qualifications at our annual graduation ceremony this weekend (October 8).

The University Centre at Petroc offers a wide range of degree programmes in partnership with the University of Plymouth and a number of professional validating bodies. Over the last thirty years, 4000+ graduates have gone on to further study and/or employment.

In total, 85 graduates from our degree programmes attended the ceremony at The Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple on Saturday, following a procession through the town centre led by Torrington town crier Alan Mitchell, Barnstaple town crier Roy Goodwin and local dignitaries.

Principal and CEO, Sean Mackney, congratulated the graduates saying: “We are very proud of you, as you should be of yourselves. And I hope you are proud of your University Centre and your college too. The procession through the town and the celebration here in the Queen’s Theatre today, reminds us of our civic responsibilities, and our strong links to our community. I believe that our college should be a beacon for creativity and innovation – making a strong contribution to the economic development of our towns and villages across Devon. We know that many of our alumni have gone on to change their communities, to create new businesses, to make a difference to their families – we have so much to applaud. And as we, as a college, celebrate our 70th Anniversary we encourage all our Alumni to stay in touch, come back and visit us, help us to inspire future generations – be champions for higher education, champions for the college and champions for positive change. Congratulations class of 2022!”

Our guest speaker Ken Charman, CEO of uFlexReward said, “The graduates at this ceremony were extra special. Their studies had to overcome the disruption of Covid. It was a privilege to speak to them and express my praise and respect.”

Sarah Lee-Pettifer who was presented with the award for Best Overall Student and graduated with a First Class degree, said: “My highlights at Petroc were meeting my fellow student Paul as well as Amy, my lecturer, who I just thought was magic – it’s like we were always meant to meet! Doing this degree was something I’ve wanted to do all my life and I’m now working as an artist and exhibiting my work in galleries which was always the dream. It’s great that I’m already using my degree.”


10 October 2022


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