Graduates parade through the streets of Stamford

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Graduates of New College Stamford’s higher education courses paraded through the streets of Stamford today (Tuesday) on their way to a traditional ceremony.

St Mary’s Hill, St Mary’s Street and St John’s Street in Stamford were briefly closed to traffic this afternoon as the procession of students, teachers and dignitaries made its way from the town hall to the Celebration of Excellence at All Saints’ Church.

More than 80 students graduated from the college’s courses in graphic design, teaching in lifelong learning section, children’s services, illustration, leadership and management, learn practitioner, sport and development and a certificate in higher education.

New College Stamford principle Andrew Patience said: “It is a great day. It is the big lump in the throat day for all the students, their family and the staff.

“It’s a real celebration of further education at college which is a provider of higher education in the town for people who want to stay closer to home.”

At the ceremony the graduates were addressed by guest speaker professor Helen Bailey, the acting executive dean of the School of Partnerships from The University of Bedfordshire.

After the ceremony the new graduates, their family, teachers and dignitaries were invited to afternoon tea at Stamford Arts Centre.