STUDENTS have been celebrating their success at New College Stamford.
A total of 80 students took part in a procession from the town hall in St Mary’s Hill, Stamford, on Tuesday afternoon.
They walked to All Saints Church in Red Lion Square for a celebration ceremony, joined by special guest professor Les Ebdon, of the Office for Fair Access, and members of Stamford Town Council.
Students from degree, foundation degree, HNC and HND courses were given certificates at the ceremony, with some winning individual awards presented by Stamford town councillors.
A reception for the students and their families was then held at Stamford Arts Centre.
Katherine Webb, 21, from Glinton, finished a foundation degree in sports development this year.
She was also awarded the Principal’s Cup for Most Outstanding Student.
Katherine said: “It’s been hard work but it’s been great. Winning the award came as a big shock.
“But it was all thanks to lots of support from fellow students and lecturers.”
Katherine will start a BA Hons degree in sports development at the University of Northampton, which has partnered with New College Stamford to offer a wider range of courses.
She then plans to train as a teacher.
Kat Burkinshaw, 23, from Stamford, completed a degree in photography this year. She is hoping to start a masters degree in the same subject at Nottingham Trent University.
Kat said: “I am feeling pleased, I have enjoyed my time at the college.
“The course was really good. It was challenging and difficult but my work has improved since the start.
“I live in Stamford so will be keeping in touch with my friends, although it will be a shame not to see them every week.
“It has been a really nice day today.”
And Mel Kirk, from Morton, completed a foundation degree in children’s services.
She said: “I’m very proud of myself and everyone that was in my group, it has been a lovely day.”
College principal Andrew Patience was delighted with this year’s cohort. He said: “The day has gone really well.
“There have been a lot of smiling faces and a lot of awards given out.
“The students come from courses including art and design, management, teaching, business studies, performance arts and sports.
“There are a wide range of skills on show.”