Super College Celebrates Super Graduates

Over one thousand City of Glasgow College students took to the stage to celebrate their Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates.

The students from the college’s six faculties were honoured over three Graduation and Awards Ceremonies, held at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow.

Principal and Chief Executive of City of Glasgow College, Paul Little, said:

“Graduation is one of the high points of our academic calendar and it is with great pleasure that we honour our graduates and highlight the successes of our further and higher education students.

“I too share the enormous pride felt by our lecturers, support staff and industry partners as together we have all played an important role in helping our students reach this milestone and to flourish in their personal learning.”

Guest speakers included Sir Peter Scott, Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at University College London and Scotland’s first ever Commissioner for Fair Access, and Vonnie Sandlan, past President of the NUS and current Senior Policy Officer at Colleges Scotland.

A former student of Central College of Commerce, and college alumnus, Dr Richard Simpson, travelled from the USA where he is now Associate Professor of Immunobiology, Paediatrics and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Arizona. He said:

“It was an honour to be back home and to be invited to speak to the graduating class of 2017 and it was great to see my alma mater in its new super campus form. I have very happy memories of my time here and the college FE route served me well, giving me the platform I needed to get to university and obtain an honours degree and a PhD."

A number of students were honoured with special prizes for going above and beyond in their studies. Karen Dignon Lamond, HND Art Glass Production, received the Students’ Association Prize for Excellent Citizenship. She said:

“I have been attending college on and off for a number of years so I am over the moon to have graduated with my HND and be awarded this prize. I have gone into business with a college classmate and our studio will be up and running in January. I have absolutely loved college. It is the best thing I have ever done. It’s given me a new life.”

Up to 8,000 technical and professional students graduate each year from City of Glasgow College which offers almost 2,000 courses across a wide variety of vocational, apprenticeship or leisure classes from access level to SVQ, HND, Diploma and Degree.

Watch our Graduation Ceremonies on YouTube

Watch all three ceremonies on our YouTube channel.