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15th September 2017

Higher Education students were brimming with pride at the York College Graduation Ceremony held in York Minster on 14th September 2017. The occasion was a celebration of the hard work and dedication shown by graduands in a range of subjects including Art & Design, Business, Child Studies, Construction, Digital Technologies, Education, Engineering, Media Make-up, Public Services and Sports Therapy.

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Canon Christopher Collingwood from York Minster welcomed graduands and guests and an opening address was given by College Principal Dr Alison Birkinshaw, followed by a key note speech by Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire. The Vote of Thanks was given by Chair of Governors, Shirley Collier.

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This year York College graduates achieved fantastic results; 77 per cent of students graduating from BA programmes achieved a First Class or 2:1 Degree classification, 67 per cent of Foundation Degree graduates achieved a merit or distinction grade and 85% of HNC graduates achieved a merit or distinction grade.

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Special prizes were awarded to the following students:

HE Student of the Year:  Ben Porter (Post Graduate Certificate in Education)


Most Determined Student of the Year:  Joseph Whiteley (BA (Hons) Management)

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Governors’ Award: Frederick Ayres (Foundation Degree Computer Systems, Design and Solutions)


Andrea Shepherd, Assistant Principal for Higher Education at York College said: “Graduating in the wonderful surroundings of York Minster is a fabulous way to celebrate the hard work and dedication of all our higher education students. This very special occasion is not only for our students, it  is just as important for their proud families and friends who have supported them throughout their studies. I congratulate all our graduates and wish them every success in their future careers.”

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The College offers fantastic higher education opportunities for students in York and the wider area. Being able to live locally and study flexibly at Foundation or Bachelor’s degree level is a great option for people. To apply for Higher Education or Access courses starting this academic year at York College, please contact York College on 01904 770770.

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