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Warrington & Vale Royal College’s higher education and professional students celebrate in style in a glamorous graduation ceremony

On Thursday 29th February, Warrington & Vale Royal College welcomed its most recent cohort of graduating higher education and professional students to the remarkable St Elphin’s Church to celebrate their achievements. They were joined by friends and family plus a host of special guests and VIPs including their tutors, the Mayor of Warrington, Councillor Steve Wright, and labour MP for Warrington North, Charlotte Nichols.

Amanda Fryer in Cap and Gown with a church background

The ceremony began with a welcome address from church Reverend June Steventon before a few words from Charlotte Nichols MP and then college Principal & Chief Executive, Nichola Newton. As in previous years, a Fellow of the college was appointed, this year to Arthur Parsons, Design Director at 10:10 Games. 10:10 Games is a local videogames developer that has been working closely with those studying in the college’s Advanced Creative & Digital Skills Academy, including the HNC and HND Creative Media students graduating on the night.

Next, former student and true inspiration Jonathan Cliffe took to the stage to talk about his educational and professional journey. Jonathan studied Level 3 Health & Social Care at the college, before progressing to study midwifery at Bangor University. He graduated with first-class honours and quickly secured his dream job as a midwife at Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. It was heart-warming to listen to Jonathan share not just his triumphs, but the trials and tribulations he’s faced along the way and how he overcame them – proving inspirational for the new graduands with their exciting futures lying ahead of them.

A staple of the ceremony is the presentation of a number of special awards which recognise the hard work and dedication of students who represent the college’s values and ethos. Congratulations to Nathan Hawkins, The Craig Atherton Higher Education Sporting Excellence Award recipient; Rebecca Adamson, Outstanding Achievement Award in Apprenticeships recipient; Kelsey Siddall, The Harry Cunningham Higher Education Progression Award recipient; and to Cameron Rowe, Professional Student of the Year Award recipient. Each of these students has demonstrated sheer determination throughout their studies and were utterly deserving of this special recognition.

Warrington & Vale Royal College would like to extend huge thanks to all who attended the ceremony and would once more like to congratulate all of the higher education and professional students on their wonderful achievements. The college looks forward to seeing you progress in your bright and promising futures, and is certain you have incredibly successful careers ahead of you.

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