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Graduates enjoy their evening of glamour and celebration at Lakes

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  • News date: Dec '23
  • News author: Liam Waite

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LEARNERS donned caps and gowns for an unforgettable celebration at the 2023 Lakes College graduation.

The college continued its annual graduation celebrations by applauding the outstanding achievements of learners across disciplines including nuclear, engineering, care, hospitality, accounting, science and human resources.

Chris Nattress, principal at Lakes College, served as host for the evening and took the opportunity to congratulate all graduates in his opening remarks.

He said: “It is amazing to see so many of your friends and families here to recognise your success, and I am sure they are extremely proud of each and every one of you – as we all are here at Lakes College.”

Paul Fairclough, dean of higher education at Lakes College, presented the graduation of students by inviting each learner up to the stage for their moment in the spotlight.

He said: “It is always great to see students, their family and their friends enjoy their graduation celebrations.

“The graduation is the culmination of many years of study and hard work, often while working full time.

“Their higher education achievements will provide new opportunities for job progress and potential for even higher studies – congratulations to all!”

Dr Donna Connor, strategic partnership director at the National College for Nuclear, was the guest speaker for the evening, and graduate Chloe Todhunter gave the annual student’s speech.

Chloe, who was graduating from her Level 5 CIPD Associate Diploma in People Management, said: “I really enjoyed the evening – it was lovely to see everyone from my course again and catch up to see what they were up to now.

“Writing my speech gave me time to reflect on where I started and how far I’ve came, which I was grateful for; it seems to have flown by.

“The speech itself was definitely nerve-racking, but I was happy for the opportunity to take myself out of my comfort zone.

“I think it’s a great way for everyone to celebrate their accomplishments and be proud of themselves for what they’ve achieved.”

Diana Ridley, who graduated with a Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management, was presented with the Academic Achievement award for her commitment, marked by near-perfect scores on her last assignment.

The Endeavour award went to Amelia Pidduck, who gained a 1st class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Merit in her Level 6 Nuclear Scientist Apprenticeship.