December 7 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Surrounded by friends, family and proud teachers, 73 graduates from the University Campus Suffolk (UCS) in Lowestoft gathered in St Margaret’s Church to celebrate their success.
Certificate of Higher Education
Foundation Degree of Arts in Children’s Care, Learning and Development
Rachael Leigh Beggs
Alison Jane Dixon
Donna Elizabeth Elvery
Clare Louise Evans
Kirsti Marie Freestone
Gabrielle Jessica Gibbs
Rebecca Elizabeth Maria Neve
Natasha Emily Joy Parramint
Lisa Marie Patching
Chantelle Codie Welch
Ruby Sarah Willis
Dion Alexander Wood
Bachelor of Arts in Children’s Care, Learning and Development
Catherine Mary Ellis
Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Children’s Care, Learning and Development
Maria Theresa Cotter
Trevor John Farr
Zoe Leanne Hartle
Michelle Joy Warner
Leanne Isobel Young
Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Design (Design Crafts)
Connor Bruce Winsdale
Certificate of Higher Education in Operations Engineering
Andrew Lawrence Claydon
Matthew John Thrower
Foundation Degree of Science in Operations Engineering
Glen David Cameron
Benjamin Lawrence Carberry
Daniel James Coutts
Ryan De Coteau
John Greville Orr
Joseph Orlando Reynolds
Daniel Tony Karl Simmons
Robert William David Starling
Bachelor of Engineering in Operations Engineering
Daniel Paul Bradley
Adam William Burnett
Philip Alun O’Donnell
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Operations Engineering
Robin Simon Thomas Hill
Nigel Alain Nichols
Kevin James Reynolds
Stephen Ian Wilson
Foundation Degree of Arts in Supporting Inclusive Learning and Practice
Julie Ann Kett-Reynolds
Stuart James Morrison
Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Inclusive Practice and Integrated Working
Sabrina Lian Clancy
Amanda Susan Gee
Chloe Larissa Mary Green
Adele Margaret Palmer
Jane Elizabeth Temple
Certificate in Education
Kellie Elizabeth Victoria Bramwell
Andrew Adrian Green
Susan Elaine Groves
Steven John Laws
Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
Higher National Certificate in Operations Engineering
Angela Joy Hawthorne
Proudly wearing their caps and gowns, students cheered, clapped and stamped their feet as their graduation ceremony got underway on Saturday, marking the latest milestone in their educational careers.
Following the procession, professor Mike Saks, provost and chief executive of UCS, opened the ceremony with a speech in which he told students they should be “very proud” of their efforts.
He said: “It is a great pleasure to be involved in the ceremony today and to witness these thoroughly deserved awards.
“You should be very proud of the awards you are to receive and of studying at UCS Lowestoft.
“I would like to express my deep appreciation to the lecturers, family and friends who have supported you through your studies.
“I am sure that your hard earned qualifications at UCS will stand you in very good stead. I wish you all every success in work and life for the future.”
Emmy Award winner Nick Benns, who grew up in Lowestoft and went on to forge a successful career as a titles film creator for TV series and films, was made an honorary fellow.
He told students how he produced his first animation at Lowestoft College, and said that in the virtual world we live in it is more important than ever to go out and meet people and make personal connections.
He said: “With all the volume it is paramount that your voice is unique. It doesn’t have to be loud, sometimes a whisper is magnetic. A great idea will find an audience and that’s what you have. The most important commodity in the field are your ideas.”
The students, many of which combined their learning with work and family commitments, then waited eagerly in line for their name to be called out to go on stage and collect their scroll.
New graduate Jane Temple, who achieved a bachelor of arts with honours in inclusive practice and integrated working, addressed the congregation and congratulated her fellow graduates, those at the ceremony and those who could not make the occasion.
She said: “I’m sure that we all have highlights of our courses that will stand out in years to come.
“Simultaneously perhaps there were times when we were unsure whether we would successfully complete our courses or that today would ever arrive.
“However here we are and we should all be proud of our achievements.
“On behalf of the students I would like to take this opportunity to thank our tutors for their support, guidance and encouragement to ensure we reached our full potential.
“At times it may have seemed that they were hard task masters but I’m sure our achievements have proven that their approach was worthwhile.
“Finally the support of those around us at home and at work should not be overlooked. Parents, partners, family and friends have helped us along the way and therefore I now ask students to stand, turn and applaud those who have supported us.”
The student of the year award was then presented to 20-year-old Zoe Batty, who was praised for her transformation from a student “constrained by high levels of anxiety and uncertainty into an exemplary and high performing learner.”
Miss Batty successfully gained a foundation degree of arts in children’s care, learning and development and will now study a bachelor of arts in the same subject.
Speaking after the ceremony, the former Denes High School pupil, said: “It was an absolute shock. I had no idea whatsoever.
“I was joking with my friend saying that will be us and then they called my name out. It took a while until I realised it was me.
“It has been a bit of a whirlwind but today has been really good.
“Now it just adds more pressure for my next year.”
College principal Simon Summers closed the ceremony with a quote from Charles Dickens, inspired by Nick Benns’ work on Great Expectations.
He added: “Hopefully today will stick in your minds as a very memorable day and one which has the potential to positively change the future direction of your lives and those around you.
“You will all have different reasons for undertaking your studies, some of you may be moving away from the area as you graduate, but the majority will stay in the local community. As graduates you will be the leaders of our community and of our economy. I hope that UCS Lowestoft has helped you on the path to achieve your personal goals, but I also hope that the help will be paid back many times by your future careers in our community.”