Graduation Ceremony at Seevic College
Monday, 17 November 2014
A ceremony was held at Seevic College on Wednesday 12 November, celebrating the successful graduation of the Early Years & Education Foundation Degree Class of 2014. The qualification is awarded in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire (UH).
Thirteen Higher Education students completed the two-year qualification this year, and twelve were in attendance on the night – supported by their families and friends, who brought the number of people attending the event to over 150.
A number of dignitaries were also in attendance at the ceremony, including academics from the University of Hertfordshire and Seevic College, as well as representatives from the local council – Andrew Sheldon and Rebecca Harris, Deputy Mayor of Castle Point and MP for Castle Point respectively.
Eleven of the graduates have continued their studies with the College, progressing to take the year long top-up qualification and convert their Foundation Degrees into full Bachelor of Arts with Honours – BA (Hons) – Degrees, also in partnership with UH.
Sarah Moore, 47 and from Westcliff-on-Sea, was the recipient of the 2014 Academic Prize – an award worth £100 – in recognition of Sarah’s hard work and outstanding attitude throughout her time on the course. Sarah was also one of two graduates to have gained Distinctions, and is currently working towards her BA (Hons) at Seevic.
Sarah said: “I was really shocked and surprise to find out that I had won the Academic Prize. I couldn’t believe it, and I’m very proud, because I feel lots of my classmates also deserved it. I’ve had a lot of support from my family and colleagues at work, which has really helped me through. My advice to anyone thinking of studying a degree level qualification is to definitely go for it, and to follow your dreams like I have.”
The degrees were conferred upon each student by a triumvirate of Seevic and Hertfordshire Academics: Principal Nick Spenceley and Richard Kirkham, Chair of the Corporation, on behalf of Seevic College; Amanda Roberts, Associate Dean of Academic Quality Assurance, from the UH School of Education.
Nick Spenceley said: “The evening was a fantastic celebration of the success our students, staff and the partnership between Seevic College and the University of Hertfordshire. It’s one of our country’s best kept secrets, but every year thousands of people complete Higher Education qualifications in colleges like ours.
Being able to study a qualification like this, without having to leave Castle Point, increases the accessibility of degree qualifications to local people who may not have previously dreamed of attending university. Our students have benefitted from the full rigour of studying a degree programme, while benefiting from the intimacy and support we are able to offer at Seevic.”
Amanda Roberts added: “Higher Education opens up choices that otherwise simply wouldn’t be available, and will enable these graduates to become what they want to become. They will now be part of the University of Hertfordshire for the rest of their lives as our alumni, and I wish each graduate every success with the exciting choices that now lie ahead.”
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