Hundreds of City College Norwich students get ready for graduation
Hundreds of students will be heading for Norwich Cathedral to celebrate their graduation from City College Norwich.
The achievements of more than 700 higher education students will be marked at tomorrow's ceremony, where about 360 students will be picking up their awards in person.
Their awards will be presented by guests of honour Danny Kerry, the head coach of the women's Olympic hockey team and entrepreneur Michael Hayman, who co-founded PR consultancy firm Seven Hills and enterprise campaign StartUp Britain.
The graduation ceremony, now in its eighteenth year at Norwich Cathedral, will see higher level qualifications awarded to students who have completed a wide range of vocational, academic and professional courses at the College.
These include Masters degrees, Honours degrees and Foundation degrees, as well as qualifications from professional bodies.
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This year sees the highest ever number of first class honours degrees achieved by City College Norwich students, with 38 achieving this distinction.
Sixty-four per cent of honours degrees this year were first class honours or 2(1)s.
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The morning ceremony will see Mr Kerry present awards in hospitality, travel and tourism, sports science, technology, computing and education.
The afternoon ceremony will see Mr Hayman present awards in health, social care, early education, humanities, business, management and the creative arts.
There will also be two other special award presentations - the Higher Education Student of the Year and the award of an honorary doctorate.
Corrienne Peasgood, principal of City College Norwich, said: 'I would like to congratulate all of our graduating students on their considerable achievements.
'Most of our HE students come from Norfolk and the surrounding areas, making graduation a celebration of the local skills, talent and professional development that are so important to the current and future success of our local economy and its communities
'Thanks to the hard work of our students and their teachers, supported by the college's strong partnership with UEA and close links with employers, our graduates can move on with confidence to the next stage of their careers.'
• See the EDP on Monday for pictures from the graduation ceremony and a full list of the higher education graduates.