Seevic College celebrate biggest graduation to date
Friday, 13 November 2015
Seevic College’s highest ever number of graduates celebrated their achievement in style in front of a packed audience of family and friends at the College’s 2015 Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday 11 November.
A total of 26 students graduated from the Early Years Foundation Degree and Early Years & Education Studies BA Honours Top-up, offered by the College at its campus in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire.
Both programmes are designed to develop understanding of early year’s care, learning and development, developing graduates personally, professionally and academically.
Graduates included Managers at Pre-Schools and Nurseries across South Essex, who complete the degree qualification alongside their day-to-day roles. The qualification can also be used to enable entry to postgraduate teaching qualifications.
Cllr Andrew Sheldon, Mayor of Castle Point, and Cllr Steve Cole, Deputy Mayor of Castle Point, attended the Ceremony as special VIP guests of the College.
The evening also saw speeches delivered by Nick Spenceley, Principal of Seevic, Sal Jarvis, Dean of the School of Education at University of Hertfordshire plus Foundation Degree graduate Clair Windsor, 36, and BA Honours graduate Linsie Dare, 31.
Foundation Degree graduate Clair, from Chelmsford, is Manager of Buddies Children’s Centre in Maldon. She said: “As a group we all came from different backgrounds, settings and, unfortunately for me, ages! But as a group we have bonded. Not just as peers, or as friends, but like a family. The degree has changed the way in which I manage my Pre-School, the expectations I have for my staff and the future outcomes for the children in our care.”
In addition, special Academic Prizes were awarded to two graduates to celebrate their outstanding contributions: Shannon Lomas, 20, for the Foundation Degree and Danielle Porter, 24, for the BA Honours.
Nick Spenceley, Principal of Seevic College, said: “I would like to acknowledge and congratulate all of our graduates on their fantastic achievement. It’s a well kept secret that each year over 150,000 individuals across the country study degree qualifications in Further Education colleges like ours. It provides many advantages, including the opportunity to study locally with less expense. These opportunities depend on the willingness of universities to work with colleges, and I want to acknowledge the fabulous relationship that Seevic has with the University of Hertfordshire, one we hope will extend further.”
Sal Jarvis, Dean of the School of Education at University of Hertfordshire, said: “University of Hertfordshire values its partnership with Seevic College and the opportunities it provides. I would like to thank all the graduates for choosing us and Seevic College – we’re honoured that they chose us to work alongside them on their journey. Congratulations to all graduates on a truly amazing achievement.”
Jan Burton, Curriculum Area Manager, Degree in Education Studies and Early Years, said: “The Foundation Degree has been an incredibly successful programme for a number of years, with students now also graduating from the BA Honours programme for the first time. The fact that seven BA Honours students achieved first class honours in the programme’s first year is a truly amazing achievement for them and the College. Our students’ journeys haven’t always been straightforward but they’ve risen to the challenge – it’s been a pleasure to walk alongside them.”
Cllr Andrew Sheldon said: “The Graduation Ceremony was a fantastic evening and it was a privilege to be here to celebrate such amazing achievement. It was nice to discover that so many of the graduates are Managers and Directors of local Pre-Schools and Nurseries, and that so many achieved first class Honours – a fabulous achievement. The Early Years Foundation Degree and BA Honours at Seevic are clearly very highly regarded by the sector.”
Seevic first offered the Foundation Degree in Early Years in partnership with University of Hertfordshire in 2008 and offered the BA Honours Top-up course for the first time in 2014.
In total, 10 students graduated from the Foundation Degree and 18 from the BA Honours Top-up.
The College also offers Higher Education level courses in: Accounting, Art & Design and Business.
Tutors representing all of the College’s Higher Education courses will be available at its next Open Evening on Tuesday 24 November, 5:30-8pm.