Sunday, October 6, 2013
Foundation degree students mark their achievement with annual graduation parade through Barnstaple.
STUDENTS from Petroc took to the streets of Barnstaple on Saturday for the college’s annual foundation degree graduation parade and award ceremony.
More than 100 successful degree students complete with gowns and mortar boards gathered outside the Royal and Fortescue before parading along Boutport Street to St Peter and St Mary Magdalene Church for the awards service.
They were led by Town Crier Jim Weeks and a number dignitaries, including the Mayor of Barnstaple Councillor Lesley Brown.
The route had to be changed at the last minute after an ambulance blocked the High Street.
The students passed their foundation degree courses in conjunction with the University of Plymouth.
Graduate Michelle Lawrence-Bardsley, joint prize winner of the FdSc Health and Social Care award, spoke about her time at Petroc: “I loved every minute of the degree – I met some fantastic people and learnt lots about myself. Today is a day to step back and realise how much we’ve all achieved.
“As part of the course we received a lecture from someone at the Red Cross and it really inspired me to get involved. The Red Cross is now a big part of my life and I do a lot of humanitarian work with it.”
Craig Litster, HE co-ordinator at Petroc said the event was all about the students, recognising their hard work, commitment and outstanding achievements:
“We now offer full BA honours degrees at Petroc so, for the first time, our graduates will have the opportunity to progress even further right here in North Devon,” he added.
Among the graduates was 17 Petroc staff, including five graduates who joined as apprentices in 2009 and, after completing their apprenticeship, moved onto a Foundation Degree in Business.
* CLICK on the gallery link to the top right of this story to see more pictures from Saturday’s parade.