A flourish of graduation gowns and mortarboards filled the Montgomery Hall in Wath this weekend, alongside the many beaming faces of proud family members and friends, to celebrate the dedication and hard-work of all those involved. The Higher Education graduates studied a range of subjects including Foundation Degrees in Sports Coaching, Travel and Tourism Management, Business and Management and Early Years, as well as Certificates and Professional Graduate Certificates in Education and the Higher National Certificate in Business.
Martin Harrison, The College’s Principal and Chief Executive, presented a heart-warming speech, littered with pride, to his audience and stated that “the colleges Higher Education provisions are something the college is extremely proud to have” and congratulated the students, suggesting that “their success reflected the success of the college”, of which he pleasantly labelled as ‘Team DVC’. He took this opportunity to thank his staff for their excellent efforts, while encouraging his graduates to keep in touch with the college in the future.
The college boasts an excellent partnership with Leeds Metropolitan University, and the deputy Vice-Chancellor for the University, Dr Paul Smith, was the guest speaker for the event. His speech expressed his delight with the college’s accomplishments in providing the local area with a number of valuable higher education options, not only on behalf of his own University but in light of other higher educational institutions that the college also works with.
Graduate in Tourism and Management, Jessica See, stated that she had “thoroughly enjoyed the course at Dearne Valley College and the staff made it what it was”. Mr Neil Beecham, a mature student at the college, graduated with a Certificate in Education and gave a vote of thanks during the event. In his uplifting speech, he told the story of his humble beginnings as a Coal-face worker and HGV driver. By chance, Mr Beecham took up a qualification in English and Maths at the college, and then continued onto a Certificate of Education and is now employed at the college as a full time tutor.
The event was rounded off by many group photographs and a gathering at the Rockingham Campus of the college. Canapés and refreshments were laid out by the colleges catering and hospitality students who took the opportunity to put their skills into practice, with the results going down a treat with all attendees.