Big day in college life

It will be a day to remember for about 60 graduates, but an even bigger day in the history of Easton College as it dons its finery for a first ever congreg-ation ceremony today.

It will be a day to remember for about 60 graduates, but an even bigger day in the history of Easton College as it dons its finery for a first ever congreg-ation ceremony today.

There will be regalia and pomp to mark the inaugural ceremony and a momentous year for the Norfolk college.

In the past, students have had to travel to universities for the formal presentation of their degrees. But an exciting new relationship with UEA means Easton College can celebrate graduation day within its own walls.

There will be a procession, led by a mace bearer, from the college's Jubilee Centre to the sports hall for senior staff and UEA visitors.

They will be followed by the key academic leaders who will take their places in the ceremony before the formalities begin and the parchments are presented by pro-vice-chancellor Trevor Davies.

Chairman of the governors Sir Nicholas Bacon, who will open the proceedings, said: "This is a momentous day for Easton College and for Norfolk.

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"It will be our first Graduation Day for University of East Anglia awards at Easton College - a tremendous achievement for the college staff and the students involved."

The history of the college is based on its role as a land-based teaching centre and that was something it had successfully retained while also extending into a much wider world of education.

College principal David Lawrence said: "It is a particularly proud day for our graduates but an equally significant day for everyone else attached

to the college."

The name Easton College was not introduced until 1991 but the roots of the education centre go back to the early 1920s.

It became the Norfolk College of Agriculture and Horticulture in 1974. But it now also has specialist areas in environment, animal science and welfare, design, sports and public services.

In the past year, it has opened the second stage of its Jubilee teaching complex, along with new sporting facilities - an investment exceeding £3m.

Another teaching building is planned to allow room to take on more students.

Department of Agriculture and Environment

HNC Agriculture and Food Production

Cooper, Andrew

HND Countryside Management

Allen, Carla-Jane

Bond, Zara

Bramham-Jones, Edward

Collins, Jennie

Dalliston, Steve

Davies Jack

Hill, Christopher

Law, William

Lawson, Carolyn

Rayner, Lauren

Roberts, Christine

HNC Countryside Management

Fielden Michelle

Department of Animal Science and Welfare

HND Animal Science and Welfare

Bidmead, Paula

Brown, Laura

Crane, Laura

Farrow, Eleanor

Marriott, Louise

Reynolds, Charles

Taylor, Geraldine

Vince, Frances

Whitehead, Charlotte

Wright, Samantha

Department of Horticulture and Design

HND Horticulture

Fry, Charlotte

Spooner, Jamie

HND 3D Design

Kemp, Tracy

Kidd, Debra

Passant, Deborah

Shaidi, Laleh

Taylor, Kelly

HNC 3D Design

Buckingham, Jill

Frost, Sarah

Gittos, Anne

Wetherall, Elena

Wood Patricia

Department of Sport and Public Services

HND Sport, Health and Exercise

Gillies, Ben

Gretton, Paul

Jary, Clair

Marsden, Thomas

Mills, Nathan

Phillips, Sarah

Rice, Leigh

Rogers, Leigh-Anne

Sadler, Matthew

Savage, Victoria

Smith, Liam

Vanston, Ania

HNC Sport, Health and Exercise

Cage, Nicola

Class of 2006

Department of Horticulture and Design

HND 3D Design

Guilder, Joanne

Hanlon, Collette

Hinkley, Sally

Huckle, Laura

Lawrence, Denise

Walters, Heather

Warman, Sandra

HNC 3D Design

Hitcham, Sharon

Houston, Sam

Larby, Vivian

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