York College higher education students attended their graduation ceremony at York Minster on 22nd September 2014. Students graduated in a range of subjects including Construction and the Built Environment, Media Make-up and Hair Design for TV Film and Theatre, Applied Computing, Fashion Design, Sports Therapy, Graphic Design and 3D Contemporary Crafts.
Canon David Butterfield welcomed the congregation and an opening address was given by College Principal, Dr Alison Birkinshaw. Liz Wilson, Chief Executive at York Theatre Royal gave a keynote speech, congratulating graduates as they received their certificates. A vote of thanks was given by John Short, Chair of the Governors at York College.
This year York College higher education graduates achieved fantastic results with 60% of those studying BA Hons programmes achieving either a First Class or 2:1Degree. Also, on the Foundation Degree programmes 77% of students achieved a Distinction or Merit grade.
Bob Saynor, Assistant Principal for Lifelong Learning and Higher Education commented: “After 21 years of seeing the development and expansion of higher education at York College I am always proud and amazed at what our students have achieved. Many have completed their studies alongside very demanding jobs, family pressure, coping with health problems, in addition to the day to day issues that come our way. It is always a fantastic occasion to see our students graduating in York Minster, sharing their success with family and friends who have supported them during their studies. This clearly reflects everyone's desire to celebrate the achievements of those completing higher education studies at York College. Besides national recruitment onto our awards, it is rewarding to see those students who started many years ago on further education courses at York College, progress and achieve on higher education programmes at the College. It is important for us to offer local higher education opportunities for students in York and the wider area. We celebrate the achievements of this year’s graduates and wish them every success in their future studies and careers.”