Future seafarers graduate with flying colours

City of Glasgow College celebrated the graduation of almost 300 Merchant Navy Officers at a ceremony held in Glasgow Cathedral on Thursday 22 June.

Engineering Officers along with Deck and Navigation Officers were congratulated by the college’s Principal and Chief Executive, Paul Little, who said:

“The number of Officers graduating this year has increased by more than 20%, such is the growing success of City of Glasgow College in delivering maritime education.

“Our college is responsible for training one third of all UK Merchant Marine Officers and Riverside campus, with its teaching experience and expertise and its industry standard facilities, is helping to provide the maritime industry with its next generation of skilled seafarers.”

Guest of Honour and keynote speaker, Captain Ian McNaught, Deputy Master of Trinity House, commented that the world’s future masters and chief engineers were assembled there, and added:

“It was a great honour for me to be the guest speaker at this graduation ceremony.  Having been shown around the stunning twin city super campus it is quite obvious that Riverside campus is one of the world’s greatest maritime facilities. To see the students graduate from such a college gives them a great start in their careers within the maritime fraternity.”

In all 279 Officers graduated including 135 Engineering Officers and 144 Deck or Navigation Officers. The graduates achieved Diplomas and Certificates in Marine Engineering, Marine Management Engineering, Marine Management and Nautical Science.