Weston College holds biggest ever graduation ceremony

PUBLISHED: 08:00 28 September 2015

Weston College's graduation ceremony.

Weston College's graduation ceremony.

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HUNDREDS of students from Weston College attended three separate graduation ceremonies held in Weston-super-Mare at the weekend.

A total of 474 people graduated with degrees validated by Bath Spa University and the University of the West of England.

An impressive 21.3 per cent of them gained first class degrees.

The college’s principal Dr Paul Phillips says the college is aiming for University Centre status and it now has 862 people studying for higher education qualifications.

He said: “The provision of higher education at Weston College has come a very long way in a comparatively short time when you consider that a decade ago, we had just 20 graduates.

“Our ambition is to celebrate significant growth in student numbers for future years.”

Twin brothers Adam and Stuart Rush, aged 22, were just two of the students celebrating after graduating from the college’s BA degrees in contemporary art and professional studies course.

Stuart said: “Although we’ve been following similar courses since we joined the college from Chew Valley School, Adam specialises in sculpture, while I concentrate on painting and illustration.”

Adam was given an award by the college for achieving above all the odds after completing a bust of the Duke of Gloucester.

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