The ceremony, held at Stamford’s All Saints’ Church, was a celebration of another year of successful results, with students from various disciplines including Animal Care, Computing, Graphic Design, Sport, Photography, Music and Teaching all coming together for the spectacular event.
Graduates received their gowns and mortarboards at the Town Hall before making their now famous journey to All Saints’ Church through the streets of Stamford, past bystanders and streams of well wishers admiring the procession of colourful hoods and celebratory regalia.
The Very Rev Mark Warrick welcomed the Academic Procession whilst The Audrey Mattis Chorale enveloped the ceremony with joyous gospel performances in preparation for the presentation of graduates to the platform.
Guest speaker, Bill Rammell, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive at the University of Bedfordshire, commended the students on their achievements, recognising the years of hard work that had led them to this point in their educational journey, and empowering them to continue learning, building new relationships and expanding their experience as they embark on the next stage of their lives.
Awards for exceptional achievement were also presented to nine students during the event, recognising individual academic and personal successes throughout the duration of their courses.
Amongst the award winners was Sport Foundation Degree Graduate Sophie McKinna, one of England’s highest respected athletes, who has competed nationally and internationally, and most recently at the Commonwealth Games. Sophie was presented with her Award for Inspirational Achievement by Stamford Town Mayor, Cllr Clem Walden.
Principal at New College Stamford, April Carrol said, “This event represents the culmination of several years of hard work and dedication, from our students, staff, parents and our university partners. I am proud New College Stamford has been part of the success story. My congratulations to our graduates – wishing you continued success in the future.”
Graduates, guests, staff and dignitaries later enjoyed Afternoon Tea at Stamford Arts Centre where an array of home-made pastries, sandwiches and cakes, professionally prepared and presented by the College’s Catering and Hospitality students awaited the jubilant assembly.
New College Stamford has offered University Level Courses for more than 20 years, building an excellent reputation for success and achievement across a range of subject areas, and welcoming a large variety of students and professionals year on year. Once again, this year’s celebration showcased another great example of the all round excellence available at the regions highest achieving College.