Over 300 students from University Centre Grimsby celebrated their Graduation with tutors, families, friends and special guests in one of four lavish ceremonies held at the Great Grimsby Town Hall.
Students and VIPs processed through the Town Centre before guests were invited to watch as their loved ones took to the stage to receive their certificates. Special guests included Rob Walsh, Chief Executive of North East Lincolnshire Council, and Tony Forbes, Chief Superintendent of Humberside Police.
During his address to the Graduates, Rob Walsh said: “Twenty five years ago I wore a hat like this and my message today to all the Graduates is to enjoy this moment because the next twenty five years will fly by. Congratulations on your achievements.
“If anyone remembers Bananarama, they did a song that went ‘It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it and that’s what get results’. Believe in yourself when others doubt you, never give up because anything is possible; you are only as good as the people around you; define your purpose.
“People ask me what my job is and that’s simple. It’s to convince people like you that you have a future here. Seize every opportunity that comes your way. I wish you every success for the future and Tempus Fugit, time really does fly.”
The ceremonies were compered by Chris Wood and Honorary Fellowships of the Grimsby Institute Group were presented to former Chair of Governors, Mike Parker OBE and Tue Lippert, Dong Energy’s Construction Project Manager of the Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm.
During the friday morning ceremony a student vote of thanks was delivered by Louise Jaines, Graduate of BA Criminological Studies. During her speech Louise said:
“What a great honour it is to be asked to deliver the vote of thanks in the presence of the Vice Principal, Governors, distinguished guests, academic staff, fellow graduates and of course our families and friends. I’d like to acknowledge on behalf of myself that today marks the end of an incredible journey and the beginning of a brand new one.
“I believe that one of the greatest gifts that the Grimsby Institute can give is the gift of opportunity. As a wider learning facility students are taken on their potential for achievement, not just how many UCAS points they have listed on paper.
“I left school at 16 and didn’t have the qualifications to be automatically granted a place on any degree course. Without the Institute, and everything it stands for, there is no way I’d be here receiving a 1st Class Honours Degree today.”
Amanda Rudolph, Vice Principal (Curriculum and Higher Education), gave her closing address in response to Louise speech. Amanda said:
“Thanks to Louise for your student vote of thanks. Your words were truly inspirational and we feel very proud that you chose to study with us and we have played a part in your educational journey.
“I would like to thank the friends and families of our graduates. Thank you for joining us today and for your support and all of the help you have provided over the past few years. Your dedication to our students really does make all the difference. Congratulations to all of our graduates and I wish each and every one of you a successful future.”
Academic Prizes were awarded to the following:
- School of Digital & Creative Industries Award for Excellence FdA Salon Management –Justine Taylor
- School of Advanced Technology Award for Professional Development FdSc Computing Technologies –Khaled Al-Ankar
- School of Health Wellbeing & Society Award for Excellence BA Early Childhood Studies Top up –Lianne Senior
- William Northam Prize Prize for Excellence FdEd Early Childhood Studies –Hannah Chapman
- Grimsby Institute Prize Student Representative Excellence Award BA Commercial Photography –Victoria Head
- Wendy Stubbs Memorial Prize Award for High Achievement BA Creative & Interactive Design –Maria Fearn
- Grimsby Telegraph Media Student of the Year BA Games Design –Joseph Marritt
- Grimsby Institute Prize Lifelong Learning BA Special Effects Make-up for TV, Film & Theatre –Jodie Strachan
- School of Health, Well-being & Society Award for Outstanding Commitment BA Counselling Studies –Lisa Sparkes
- William Northam Prize Award for Outstanding Achievement BA Counselling Studies –Linda Stafford
- John Sunley Memorial Prize Award for Outstanding Commitment BA Business Management –Luke Townsend
- Lenzing Fibers Grimsby Best Academic Performance BA Business Management –David Ward
- School of Commercial Enterprise Award for Excellence FdA Tourism Management –Gemma Hage