Weston-super-Mare's star students celebrate University Centre graduation

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 September 2016 | UPDATED: 12:30 29 September 2016

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More than 500 University Centre Weston (UCW) students marked the end of their degrees at the weekend by throwing their mortarboards in the air to celebrate.

UCW – which is the higher education leg of Weston College – held three graduation ceremonies on Saturday at St John the Baptist Church in Lower Church Road for its talented students.

Triathlon world champion Chrissie Wellington delivered an inspiring speech on the day ahead of the students preparing for life after education.

UCW has never as this many students graduate before and this year’s group of graduates was also the most successful, with close to a quarter of honours students being awarded a first class degree, which is above the national average.

Anthony Murray, UCW’s vice-principal of higher education, said: “It is always wonderful to celebrate the many successes of our students, and graduation at UCW keeps getting bigger and better. Almost all of the students who graduated last year are now either working or in further studies. I’m sure that this year’s graduates also have bright futures ahead of them.”

The university centre offers more than 23 foundation level courses, with 10 orunning through to full honours.

One of the most successful courses of the year was applied computing, in which 47 per cent of graduates earned first class honours.

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