Graduates celebrate their achievement at Seevic College
Thursday, 09 November 2017
Seevic College celebrated excellent results at the annual Graduation Ceremony.
A total of 56 students graduated from the Foundation Degree in Early Years, BA (Hons) in Education Studies & Early Years (top-up), HND in Art & Design and the Diploma in Education & Training.
The evening at the college campus in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, also saw speeches delivered by Dan Pearson, Principal and CEO of Seevic Palmer’s College, Lewis Stockwell from the University of Hertfordshire plus Jan Burton, Higher Education Manager at Seevic.
Dan Pearson addressed the graduates saying: “What you have achieved is incredible and will set your career on the path to success.
“Getting your degree has given you the competitive edge to get ahead. Earning a degree today is a challenging process – you must be persistent and believe in yourself.
“When you face tough times look at your degree and use it to motivate and inspire you to strive forward.”
The Early Years degrees are validated in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire and are designed to develop an understanding of early years care, learning and development, developing graduates personally, professionally and academically. It can also be used to enable entry to postgraduate teaching qualifications.
The HND in Art & Design is designed to build students’ knowledge and understanding of creative design processes such as fine art painting, sculpture and animation, allowing them to top up to a full degree at university.
The Diploma in Education & Training Diploma aims to develop students who want to work as a Teacher in the Further Education and Skills sector.
Special academic prizes were awarded to three graduates, Louise Bennett, Jodie Williams and Katie Brown to celebrate their commitment, hard work and determination throughout their time at college.
35-year-old mum-of-four Katie teaches hairdressing and barbering and completed the Diploma in Education & Training.
She said: “I remember my first day at Seevic College like it was yesterday.
“I struggled, but my passion and sheer determination kept me going. I asked for help and Lesley supported me even through her own lunch break.
“My mum and dad always told me I can be anything I want to be. This is what I chose and I have achieved it.
“I honestly have learnt so much from this qualification and would really recommend it.
“My message to all learners is it is ok to be different. I was so worried, scared, and nervous but break it down, reflect and look at what you have already achieved in life. It doesn’t matter if it takes you longer than others, you will succeed if you want it enough.”
Seevic first offered the Foundation Degree in Early Years in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire in 2008 and offered the BA (Hons) top-up course for the first time in 2014.
Two students graduated from the Foundation Degree in Early Years with distinction and five students who graduated from the BA (Hons) Education Studies & Early Years (top-up) received first class honours.
Seevic College has recently launched new Higher Education courses in Applied Biology, Computing, Creative Digital Media, and Public Services.
A BSc (Hons) degree in Sport & Exercise Performance started this year in partnership with Writtle University College and Hospitality Management and Travel & Tourism courses are run with partners at Docklands Academy in London.