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Warrington & Vale Royal College hosts annual celebration of Higher Education students’ success

Warrington & Vale Royal College was delighted to recently host its Higher Education Graduation Ceremony – a charming celebration of student success set in truly remarkable surroundings. Students and their guests gathered in St Elphin’s Church, a location as beautiful as it is historic.

As students arrived at the church, they were transformed into gleaming graduands ready to walk the stage and claim their achievements. The ceremony was attended by a host of VIPs and friends of the college, including the Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Jean Flaherty, and special guest speaker Claire Lomas MBE. The college was also honoured to appoint its newest fellow, Steve Park, Director of Growth at Warrington Local Authority.

All in attendance were deeply moved and inspired by the wonderful speech delivered by Claire Lomas MBE who spoke about the tragic accident that left her paralysed and how she overcame this. Claire talked about how her previous life as an active sportswoman completely changed overnight and how she dug deep to find the strength to restart and rebuild. Claire’s speech was captivating and thought-provoking; a true inspiration to everyone in the room.

The college was once again pleased to present a number of esteemed students with special awards. These select awards recognise the hard work and dedication of students who truly embody the college’s core ethos. Congratulations to Sarah Boniface, The Hilary Tucker Art Excellence Award recipient; Peter Connell, The Professional Student of the Year Award recipient; Adam Boyd, The Harry Cunningham Higher Education Progression Award recipient; and to Joanne Watson, The Craig Atherton Higher Education Sporting Excellence Award recipient. All worthy winners!

A huge thank you to all who attended the event and to Warrington Worldwide, Warrington’s Own Buses and Morgan Branding for sponsoring the special awards. Congratulations once more to the Higher Education students for all of their achievements – the college looks forward to seeing you progress in your successful careers.

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