GRADUATING students from the University Centre at Wigan and Leigh College donned their mortarboards and gowns for a ceremony to celebrate their achievements.

The annual High Education Graduation ceremony event, held at All Saints Parish Church in Wigan, saw students who achieved diploma and degree level qualifications in 2019 honoured.

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Graduands received their cap and gowns at the College before the traditional procession up Market Street led by Liverpool Scottish Regimental Association Pipes and Drums.

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The procession makes its way

Proud family members and friends awaited their arrival in a packed out church and the joyful procession was not dampened by the bad weather as the new graduates arrived along with College staff and governors.

Students who completed a wide range of Higher National Certificates, Higher National Diplomas, Foundation Degrees and Top-up Degrees received their awards from head of Higher Education, Dr Janet Thompson and chief executive at Wigan Council, Alison McKenzie-Folan.

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Graduates from the University Centre

Graduands were also addressed by Ms McKenzie-Folan, who gave a key note speech expressing the importance of their achievements and shared the council’s ethos and qualities that graduates can adopt in their future careers.

College Principal Anna Dawe said: “All our graduates’ hard work has been worthwhile. There are lots of opportunities in front of them and we are very proud of their achievements.

“I’d like to congratulate every single student who has graduated and wish them a successful future. We hope they enjoyed their celebrations with friends and family.”

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