Watch: University Centre Weston students celebrate graduation at Winter Gardens

PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 September 2017 | UPDATED: 08:46 29 September 2017

UCW students enjoy Weston's 'biggest ever' graduation celebration.

UCW students enjoy Weston's 'biggest ever' graduation celebration.


More than 1000 people made their way to the Winter Gardens to celebrate Weston’s students fantastic achievements at University Centre Weston’s (UCW) graduation ceremony on Saturday.

And you can watch the video of the day – which was blessed with sunny weather – right here.

It includes some inspirational words from Marvin Muoneke, who receieved a BA honours degree in music performance and production, as well as interviews with students who have just finished their degree-level studies.

They share their experience of studying in Weston and how it has been for them over the past few years, as well as their plans for the future.

We have also put together some of the very best pictures of the day.

UCW students enjoy Weston's 'biggest ever' graduation celebration.UCW students enjoy Weston's 'biggest ever' graduation celebration.

More than 500 students from the college’s UCW toasted their success during a drinks reception at the revamped Winter Gardens and Italian Gardens.

MORE: Look at the Mercury’s exclusive pictures of the Winter Gardens.

That followed a procession of graduates in full university regalia – mortar boards and gowns were a must – to St John the Baptist Church for the more formal part of the day.

Outside the Winter Gardens there was also a projector which showed all the students’ and Weston organisations’ most supportive messages on social media for all to enjoy on the day.

UCW students enjoy Weston's 'biggest ever' graduation celebration. UCW students enjoy Weston's 'biggest ever' graduation celebration.

Guest speaker, BBC News presenter Sophie Long, and the Weston College Group’s principal and chief executive Dr Paul Phillips delivered speeches before students collected their degree scrolls.

For the first time ever, the day was broadcast on a big screen in the £2.6million Italian Gardens, with hundreds of people watching the ceremonies while enjoying live music.

MORE: Read about UCW’S freshers week here.

Dr Phillips said recent £15million regeneration of the Winter Gardens is part of an exciting time for the college – and for Weston.

UCW students enjoy Weston's 'biggest ever' graduation celebration. UCW students enjoy Weston's 'biggest ever' graduation celebration.

He said: “This is a transformative time for Weston and we’re delighted to be playing a big part in the town’s modernisation with sustained investment in our facilities and a growing higher education provision.

“This fantastic event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of North Somerset Council, the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, our university partners and everyone involved going the extra mile to ensure our graduates got the celebration their successes deserve.

“This year’s graduation also marks a milestone for us, coming as it does so soon after UCW was awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework and the Weston College Group opened a state-of-the-art centre of education in the Winter Gardens.”

And his view was supported by Anthony Murray, UCW’s director for higher education, who added: “Our students’ results continue to exceed those of their peers around the country, and those who study at UCW are more likely than average to embark upon further study or professional careers related to their degrees.

UCW students enjoy Weston's 'biggest ever' graduation celebration. UCW students enjoy Weston's 'biggest ever' graduation celebration.

“I look forward to hearing about all the wonderful things the UCW graduates of 2017 go on to achieve.”

MORE: Read about when UCW gained a gold star earlier this year.

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