Class of 2016 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Bridgwater College’s annual graduation saw over 180 students don their gowns and mortar boards and fill the seats of the McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater.

Graduates celebrate outside of The McMillan Theatre

More than 500 students completed their university level or professional qualifications in 2016, in subjects ranging from Agriculture to Motorsport Engineering and Accounting to Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

With the number of students studying higher education courses increasing, it was necessary for the College to hold two ceremonies. Over 650 guests attended the two events including staff, parents, VIPs and governors, all keen to celebrate the success of the students.

Mark Stone, Head of UK Partnerships at Plymouth University, and this year’s guest speaker, addressed the graduates, their friends and families by looking back at the choices he had made throughout his career and discussed the journey he underwent. Mark congratulated the students’ on their achievements and told them to manage their own journey by embracing as many opportunities as possible.

Foundation Degree Agricultural Management Students with tutor Martin Heal

This year’s celebration saw the College introduce four student awards to recognise the outstanding commitment and dedication shown by the students. The Prizes were: Student of the Year, Principal’s Prize, Best Final Project or Dissertation and a Plymouth University Academic Partnership Prize.

Best Final Project or Dissertation which was won by Greg Stevens who studied Plymouth University’s Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Management.

The Principal’s Prize was awarded to Jenny Labiak who is employed by DE&S and studied Pearson’s Higher National Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

David Bawden receiving the Plymouth University Academic Partnership Prize.

Plymouth University’s Academic Partnership Prize was awarded to David Bawden who studied Plymouth University’s Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Computing.

Student of the Year was presented to Gary Parsons who studied AIM Awards Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

If you would like to find out more about studying a university level or professional qualification please contact our Information and Guidance team on 01278 441234.

View photos of Graduation 2016 Ceremony One
View photos of Graduation 2016 Ceremony Two

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