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Graduating class of 2018 from University Centre West Anglia receive their degrees

PUBLISHED: 10:38 07 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:44 08 October 2018

Jordan English and Principle of the collage David Pomfret at the University of West Anglia's graduation ceremony. Picture: Emily Prince

Jordan English and Principle of the collage David Pomfret at the University of West Anglia's graduation ceremony. Picture: Emily Prince

Emily Prince

Caps, gowns, cheers and applause filled the Corn Exchange in King’s Lynn as it played host to the University Centre West Anglia’s graduation ceremony.

The University of West Anglia graduation ceremony 2018. Photo: Emily PrinceThe University of West Anglia graduation ceremony 2018. Photo: Emily Prince

More than 170 students received their scrolls in front of family and friends in a culmination of three years of hard work.

Opening the ceremony held today, David Pomfret, principal and chief executive of the College of West Anglia which offers the University Centre West Anglia degree courses in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University, said: “The quality of our students’ work, progress, development and success are excellent and I am delighted that our graduates will receive their hard earned awards.

“Whether you completed a full degree or part-time degree we hope that your commitment to professional demands will continue and you are now well equipped to carry on into your desired employment or further studies.”

The Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, councillor Nick Daubney addressed the graduands and congratulated them on behalf of the community of West Norfolk on their success, achievements and awards.

Graduates of University of West Anglia's. Picture: Emily PrinceGraduates of University of West Anglia's. Picture: Emily Prince

The awards were presented to each student individually by the principal, the deputy vice chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, Prof Roderick Watkins, and by the appropriate head of faculty, of which there were five.

The last group of students to receive their scrolls, BSc (Hons) veterinary nursing with applied animal behaviour, made their Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons declaration to ensure the health and welfare of animals, which officially registered them as veterinary nurses.

Anglia Ruskin University deputy dean of research and innovation Matthew Day presented Jordan English, 23, with the student of the year award for her outstanding achievements.

Closing the ceremony the chairman of the College of West Anglia’s board of governors, Sharon Cambridge, said: “I would like to thank the college staff who, over the last few years have helped support and guide all of our higher education students and congratulations to all of this years higher education graduates, you have set a tremendous example to others and the College of West Anglia is proud to be a part of your success.”

The University of West Anglia graduation ceremony 2018. Photo: Emily PrinceThe University of West Anglia graduation ceremony 2018. Photo: Emily Prince

The ceremony was followed by an academic procession which commenced at the Tuesday Market Place and went full circle around the town centre, finishing back at the theatre.

University Centre West Anglia Student of the Year 2018 - Jordan English

The University of West Anglia graduation ceremony 2018. Photo: Emily PrinceThe University of West Anglia graduation ceremony 2018. Photo: Emily Prince

Each year the college presents a student with an award who has shown outstanding achievement in both academic studies and extra-curricular activities.

This year’s winner Jordan English, 23, graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in history and English, second class honours.

Miss English was chosen by the faculty due to her extraordinary commitment to the college, to her degree and her fellow students.

On receiving her award Miss English said: “I had no idea, I am ecstatic to be quite honest. It’s really lovely that they have thought of me in that way.

Jordan English, Student of the year winner 2018. University of West Anglia's graduation ceremony. Picture: Emily PrinceJordan English, Student of the year winner 2018. University of West Anglia's graduation ceremony. Picture: Emily Prince

“I have loved every minute at the college. I would highly recommend it to anybody. My lecturers have been fantastic the last three years. “It’s been hard but having that support and knowing your lecturers in that way they get you through it. It’s been a roller coaster but I’ve loved it.”

Miss English is currently studying for her postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) though the school-centred initial teacher training programme to become an English teacher.

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