Newman’s First Graduation
Wednesday 27th September marked the first ever graduation ceremony held at Cardinal Newman College. Higher Education students, who have been studying Foundation Degrees in Early Years and Teaching & Learning Support, were the first HE students to graduate in a wonderful formal ceremony held in the College’s chapel.
The afternoon started with formal photographs as graduates and invited guests enjoyed drinks and canapes, whilst they were serenaded by music from some of our Music students.
We were joined by Canon Adrian Towers, who officially opened the ceremony with a prayer, followed by an address from College Principal, Nick Burnham. We were also lucky enough to have the Right Worshipful Mayor of Preston, Councillor Brian Rollo and the Lady Mayoress Mrs Trisha Rollo, who along with Dr Tracey Cockerton (Deputy Dean of the School of Health and Education at Middlesex University) presented each graduate with their graduation scroll.
The proceedings were rounded up by a speech from Chris Smith, from the School of Community Health & Midwifery followed by a closing prayer from Cannon Towers.
It was a fantastic occasion and a great way to celebrate the achievements of our fabulous HE students. Dr Tracey Cockerton, of Middlesex University, who validate the Foundation Degree courses said: “This is a truly wonderful achievement. Having worked with such an enthusiastic and dedicated team of staff at Cardinal Newman College, from the initial stages of partnership through to programme validation, it is immensely rewarding for all of us to see the first cohorts of students graduate.”
Cardinal Newman College Principal, Nick Burnham said: “We at Newman couldn’t be more proud of HE students’ achievements. It just goes to show that there are many ways to achieve your goals and ambitions and it important that you choose the path that is right for you, even if it is the road less travelled! In the world of education, there is no one-size fits all, so courses like these which allow students the flexibility to make it fit their lifestyle and aspirations are vital.”
Congratulations to all of our graduating students; Niamh Taylor, Alison Burrow, Brad-Leigh Corlett, Lauren Cowell, Rob Davies, Annabelle Harwood, Sophie Hindle, Rebecca Maddox, Amber Marsh, Julie Murphy and Rebecca Whalley.