Graduation caps two years of success for Early Years students

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Graduation -caps -two -years -of -success -for -Early -Years -studentsEarly Years students at Seevic College celebrated their graduation in front of a packed audience of proud friends and family in Benfleet on Wednesday 13 November 2013.

A total of sixteen students graduated from the Sector Endorsed Foundation Degree in Early Years, validated by the University of Hertfordshire.

The ceremony recognised two years of hard work for each of the students, who were decked out in the traditional academic cap, gown and hood for the prestigious occasion.

Following a procession of Academic staff, graduates were called one-by-one on the night to be received by Richard Kirkham, Chair of Corporation for Seevic College, Nick Spenceley, Principal & Chief Executive of Seevic College and Sal Jarvis, Dean of School of Education for University of Hertfordshire.

A special Academic Prize was also awarded to graduate Laura Gardiner, to honour her personal growth as an academic and Early Years practitioner during the course of her time at the College. 

Laura said: "I was really surprised by being chosen to receive the Academic Award, it was very unexpected. There was a great atmosphere on the night and the effort that was made by the College was fantastic."

Nick Spenceley said: “It was excellent to see so many friends, families and supporters of our graduates. I’d like to offer my congratulations to each individual on this outstanding achievement. Now, each of our graduates has the opportunity to make a lasting impact on their profession and I wish them the greatest of success and happiness in the future. I would also like to pay tribute to the excellence of our teaching staff, whose partnership with our graduates played such a powerful role in each of their success.”

"Each of our graduates has the opportunity to make a lasting impact on their profession" Principal Nick Spenceley

The College also welcomed honorary special guests Rebecca Harris MP for Castle Point and Cllr Maryse Iles, Mayor of Castle Point.

Rebecca Harris MP said: “This is a huge achievement by every graduate. It’s fantastic that people in Castle Point can study Higher Education qualifications, which are validated by prestigious universities, locally at Seevic College, which also has a strong reputation for success.”

Seevic College has worked in partnership with University of Hertfordshire to offer Early Years Higher Education qualifications since 2008. In 2012-13, the College’s HE provision achieved a 96% satisfaction rating by students on national website unistats.direct.gov.uk

In September 2014 the College is a launching a new Higher Education qualification: the BA (Honours) Education Studies & Early Years – top up year, validated by University of Hertfordshire.

The course will enable Early Years practitioners, who have already achieved a Foundation Degree, to top up their qualification to a full BA (Honours) degree.

The College’s next Open Evening takes place on Tuesday 26 November 2013, 5.30 – 8pm.

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