Gallery: College students celebrate degree success

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 September 2014

Graduation ceremony Weston College,

Graduation ceremony Weston College,

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STUDENTS paraded through the streets in gowns and mortar board hats for Weston College’s biggest ever graduation day.

Graduation ceremony Weston College,Graduation ceremony Weston College,

More than 350 students gathered with their families to receive their degrees in a range of subjects including health and social care, musical theatre and graphic design.

The ceremony was held at St John The Baptist Church in Lower Church Road.

More than 20 per cent of the Batchelor of Arts graduates achieved a first class honours degree, beating the national average of 16 per cent.

Principal and chief executive Paul Phillips said: “It only seems the other day that we started off with just nine graduates.

“We now have 800 students on our degree courses, and very high aspirations for Weston to become a university town.”

Among those celebrating was Keith Kilpin, aged 25 and from Weston, who studied digital design, games and apps.

He now works for Wallace & Gromit creators Aardman Animations as a junior designer.

He said: “I went to Aardman for two weeks, and never left. At the end of my third year, I got a lot of job offers, and Aardman decided they wanted to keep me so they offered me a permanent position.

“For personal achievement, this is right up there. It was a lot of work to do in three years.”

Ellie Cowell, aged 21 and also from Weston, took a foundation degree in tourism management and is now working at Bristol Airport as a flight dispatcher.

She said: “I started off at Weston College doing a BTEC and I plan to go on to the honours degree. The tutors here really make you believe you can do it and the way my course is run is excellent.”

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