December 9 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 18, 2013
Cheers and rounds of applause rang around Great Yarmouth Minster, as graduates reaped the fruits of their labour at their graduation ceremony.
A procession marked the start of the celebration today, before inspiring speeches urged graduates to make the most of what they had learnt at University Campus Suffolk (UCS) Great Yarmouth.
Tim Greenacre, deputy provost of UCS, opened the ceremony, and then the awards began.
Offshore engineer John Sewell, who rose from apprentice to UK Operations Manager of Perenco during his long career, was made an Honorary Fellow of the university.
He said the gesture was “truly an honour” and urged young people to pursue opportunities in the oil and gas sector.
Presentations were made to more than 100 graduates, with a musical interlude from former Yarmouth College student Francesca Browne.
David Hill, former chief executive of the James Paget University Hospital (JPH) in Gorleston was made an Honorary Fellow of Yarmouth College.
He described the experience as “humbling”, and urged students to see change as an opportunity - citing his years working in Bermuda as an example.
Penny Wycherley, principal of Great Yarmouth College, said of the graduates’ journey: “Achieving their aspirations, showing they have the talent, ability and commitment to achieve this level is a major success.”