Graduation day for CAVC students

Monday, 16 October 2017

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Cardiff and Vale College held a graduation ceremony for its growing number of higher education students.

Around 200 graduates, friends and family came to the ceremony at the college’s city centre campus to see the graduates don their gowns and mortarboards for the ceremony. They received their certificates from college principal Kay Martin, and vice-principals Emil Evans and Sharon James.

A spokesperson said: “The college’s university level higher-education provision continues to grow. “Over the last couple of years, it has more than doubled the number of higher education courses it offers and the college has a success rate of 90.4 per cent for students on university level courses, 11.4 per cent above the national comparator.”

The college works in partnership with a number of universities in Wales and England to offer HE qualifications, including the University of South Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan University, the University of West London and Kingston University, giving people the opportunity to gain university-level education without the cost of leaving home.

One such successful graduate is 22-year-old Lewis Richmond from Barry, who graduated from his foundation degree in Aircraft Engineering with a first. The course is offered in partnership with Kingston University and Lewis is going on to his third year to top up to a full BSc.

“I found the course to be enjoyable and engaging and difficult all, at the same time,” Lewis said. “The facilities are excellent; you have a BAe Jetstream for practical experience and two flight simulators that you can use and they are very interesting.

“I’m really happy to have graduated – it’s a big moment. I have completed the course with a first so I’m very happy with the result.

Emma Toogood, (24) and also from Barry, graduated from her foundation degree in Childhood Studies, which the college runs in partnership with the University of south Wales.

“I’m overwhelmed and really proud,” Emma said. “It’s a big achievement. I’ve loved my time at the college – I had a baby half way through the first year so it was quite a challenge and I had to work hard to make sure I was keeping up.

“I’m debating whether to go on and do a teaching degree because I would like to become a primary school teacher.”

Ms Martin said: “Seeing our students graduate with the qualifications they wanted to achieve, together with the skills they have picked up along, the way makes me and all of my colleagues at the college extremely proud. Many of them have returned to education after a period away and that challenge in itself cannot be underestimated – it shows how much dedication and commitment it takes to achieve and they have done that.”

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