Officers graduate from award winning maritime campus

City of Glasgow College celebrated the graduation of almost 250 Merchant Navy Officers at a ceremony held in Glasgow Cathedral on Thursday 23 June.

Class of 2016 is the first year of nautical students to graduate from the college’s new Riverside campus which opened last August.

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

“I was delighted to shake the hand of every one of our graduating Officers as I conferred their internationally recognised qualifications. I share in the enormous pride felt by our teaching faculty and sponsoring companies who all play a particular role in guiding, nurturing and supporting our student journeys.

“Our college is responsible for training one third of all UK Merchant Marine Officers. Scotland can be proud that it now has the world’s most modern and most technologically advanced maritime and engineering campus which has the expertise, the experience and the state-of-the-art facilities to provide the world with Next Generation seafarers.”

Guest of Honour and keynote speaker at the Graduation was Commodore Duncan Lamb, Head of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, who said:

“I was extremely pleased to have the opportunity to speak at the graduation event of this prestigious maritime college. One cannot help but be impressed by the world-class infrastructure and facilities that City of Glasgow College has commissioned. 

“Scotland continues to influence global maritime affairs and City of Glasgow College continues to build upon this proud reputation with more than 50 international partnerships, a student body from 120 different nationalities and by developing the future leaders of the global maritime industry.”

Gemma McCullough was one of only two female students in a class of 35. She graduated with an HNC in Nautical Science having trained with Clyde Marine, and said:

“Clyde Marine chooses which college to send you to, but I had friends who had been to City of Glasgow College so I was really hoping to come here. The lecturers have been so supportive and helpful. I have really loved my time at college but now it’s time to go back out into the big bad world again.”

The graduates achieved Diplomas and Certificates in Marine Engineering, Marine Management Engineering, Marine Management and Nautical Science.

The ceremony was streamed live online so that friends and families from across the globe were able to watch the event. Following the ceremony, a celebratory reception for the students and their families was held in Riverside campus.