Higher Education students from Petroc received their qualifications at the college’s annual graduation ceremony on 5 October.
Petroc offers a wide range of degree programmes in partnership with the University of Plymouth, and since 2001 the college has seen close to 3,000 students graduate. The expansion of University learning here at Petroc, is helping to meet the needs of the community in North Devon.
In total, 130 graduates from HNC, Certificate in Education, CIPD, foundation degree or BA honours degree programmes attended the ceremony at The Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple on Saturday, following a procession through the town centre led by town crier Roy Goodwin and local dignitaries.
Principal and CEO, Sean Mackney, opened the ceremony. He said: “You have the right to feel very proud, as graduates you have reached the pinnacle of learning here at Petroc, where our mission is to help people go further and they really do go further with us. You have studied with one of the strongest colleges in the country and you are our best qualified and some of the best qualified in the country. Through the degree programmes that you have studied, you have gained a professionally relevant qualification, which will see you well into employment or your further study.”
Guest speaker Colonel Alderson followed with an inspiring address, talking about lifelong learning and ending with a motivational sentiment “Go change the world.”
Clare Shanley, one of our prize winners, received a Distinction in her Business and Management foundation degree. Clare said “I thoroughly enjoyed doing my degree at Petroc, it split up my work life, I’m currently a Business Support manager at North Devon Health Trust, I now feel I have all the necessary skills and knowledge to progress further in my job role”
Sheila Heeley attended the ceremony to collect her Foundation Degree in Assistant Practitioner in Health & Social Care. Alongside studying for her degree Sheila cared for a close member of her family as well as working. That family member unfortunately passed away during her degree. Sheila was determined to carry on and pursue her degree. She said: “I was very focused on studying even though I went through some emotional obstacles, my tutor Shaun Kershaw was great so supportive and full of knowledge, I thoroughly enjoyed learning at Petroc. ”
Tarron Filmer was delighted to be celebrating the completion of his Certificate in Computing. He said: “I’ve always had a passion for computers, I was brought up with computers. I always knew I wanted to go into computing, during my degree I loved the practicality of making real websites for real companies.”
Jane Hanson, Vice Principal and Master of Ceremony, added: “It has been a wonderful day honouring the successes of our students. It’s great to see graduates, their families and colleagues share in celebrating this achievement. We wish them every success for the future.