On Thursday 24th October, Riverside College honoured the remarkable efforts and achievements of degree level students at the College’s annual Higher Education Graduation and Awards Ceremony.
This year’s event took place at Cronton Sixth Form College’s new Cronton Playhouse theatre and was the first graduation ceremony since Riverside College received a prestigious TEF Gold Award for the quality of their Higher Education provision.
Students enjoying the evening and posing for photographs
In front of an audience of family members, friends and College staff, over 80 graduation certificates were presented on the night by the Mayor of Halton, Councillor Margaret Horabin.
Special congratulations went to Francine Russell who was awarded ‘Staffordshire University Student of the Year’ and to Thomas Hanley who collected the ‘Pearson Higher Education Student of the Year’ award.
Left Picture, HE students posing for a photograph in their cap and gown. Right picture, the two student of the year award winners.
Education graduate Francine was chosen after tutors described her as “a fantastic example of how dedication, a desire to learn and resilience can help overcome barriers to achieve great results.” She is now working as a Lecturer in Hairdressing at Riverside College.
Higher Education students throwing their caps in the air in celebration
Engineering graduate Tom was selected for the award after he “demonstrated a clear work ethic and devotion to his studies” during his time on the course. He has recently been appointed to a new role with more responsibility at ShearFab Limited in Widnes where he works alongside the Company Director as an Assistant Engineer.
Students enjoying the evening and posing for more photographs in cap and gowns
Helen London, Head of Teacher Development and Higher Education at Riverside College said, “It was fantastic to be able to celebrate the amazing achievements of our Higher Education students with their friends and families at this wonderful event.
Left photograph, HNC Engineering students stand for a photograph. Right photograph, students stand for photograph after awards ceremony
“I am so proud of all of the students graduating this year, they really deserve it after the hard work they have put in throughout their studies to achieve their qualifications.”
During the evening, students from Cronton Sixth Form’s Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts entertained audience members with a preview of Legally Blonde: The Musical, an upcoming production which takes place on November 28th and 29th at the Cronton Playhouse.
Ellis Saul Catherall
Foundation Degree Health & Social Care
Demi Lei Sanderson
BSc (Hons) Heath & Social Care
Sidrah Kehkshan Khan
Foundation Degree Counselling
BSc (Hons) Counselling
Foundation Degree in Education
BA (Hons) Education
Certificate & Post Graduate Certificate in Education
Staffordshire University HE Student of the Year
HE Student of the Year For Pearson Programmes