On Wednesday 22nd October, successful students from Riverside College’s Higher Education and Access courses were honoured at the annual Graduation and Awards Ceremony.
The event, which took place at St Paul’s Church in Widnes, celebrated the success of graduates from the College’s degree level courses and students who had achieved their Access to Higher Education qualifications.
Special congratulations went to Katie Jo Shields, from Runcorn and studying the Foundation Degree in Counselling course, who was presented with Higher Education Student of the Year Honours for demonstrating exceptional commitment and dedication throughout her studies.
The event was attended by Mayor of Halton Councillor Shaun Osborne, Reverend Jeremy Duff and Chair of Governors Alan Bennett. They were joined at St Paul’s Church by College Principal Mary Murphy, staff and students from Riverside College and their family and friends.
Reverend Jeremy Duff, Vicar at St Paul’s church said, “St Paul’s were delighted to once again host Riverside’s awards ceremony, further strengthening our partnership with the College. We feel it’s important to celebrate the talent and hard-work of these exceptional students.”
Mary Murphy, Riverside College Principal said, “Our annual graduation ceremony is one of the most important events in the College calendar which celebrates the hard work, achievements and determination of our students. It also affirms the College’s commitment to providing opportunities for local people to gain access to higher level qualifications.”
Helen London, Head of Teacher and Higher Education at Riverside College said, “I am very proud of all of our students graduating this year; they have worked hard to achieve qualifications at this level and it is a privilege to celebrate this prestigious event with them.”
Many of the Higher Education graduates will now be taking their skills and expertise into the workplace and local community, with some continuing education and starting their masters. Access students are now progressing to university with many students starting degree courses at various institutions.
Access to Higher Education (Business)
James Nimmo, Jenna Clare, Joanne Hawkins, Kelly Ogden
Access to Higher Education (Health and Social Care)
Allison Field, Andrea Evans, Beth Thomas, Chloe Johnston, Deborah Kolenaer, Eleasha Scoullar, Gemma Burdett, Gillian Mutch, Helen James, Jemma Joyson, Joanne Kirby, Joanne McKevitt, Karen Davies, Lisa Holland, Louise Walker, Michala Donal, Michelle Bradbury, Caroline Thornton, Zoe Bellis
Access to Higher Education (Humanities)
Dan Edwardson , Kerry Peters, Natalie Whitall, Natalie Wood, Rachael Ord
Access to Higher Education (Science)
Carley Atkinson, Phillip Crowly, Helen Owen
Access to Higher Education (Social Science)
Higher National Certificate in Business
Catherine Halliwell, Elle Benson, Lauren Arrowsmith, Nicola James, Rebecca Taylor, Paul Dougherty, Emma Manifold
HNC in Health and Social Care
Clare Merrison, Kayleigh Stinchcombe
HNC in Sport (Coaching and Sports Development)
HND in Early Years
Emma Lightfoot, Michelle Riley, Sharon Hunt
HND in Sport (Coaching and Sports Development)
Anna Smith, Antony Shaw, Deanna Comer
Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector
Katie Hancock, Matthew Finch
Foundation Degree in Counselling
Clare Hanley, Debbie Hope, Donna Annesley, Hazel Hunt, Jenna Connor, Jennifer Nadmy, Joanne Quinn, Julie Flower, Katie Jo Shields, Lyndsay Charnley, Peter Smith, Sandra Snooks, Shirley White, Tracy Tilston, Wayne Martin, Zoe Whittle, Debbie Jones
Higher Education Student of the Year Award
Katie Jo Shields – Foundation Degree in Counselling