Over 400 students from University Centre Grimsby celebrated their Graduation with tutors, families, friends and special guests in one of four lavish ceremonies held on the Grimsby Institute’s main campus at Nuns Corner.
The campus was transformed and guests were invited to watch as their loved ones took to the stage to receive their certificates. Special guests included Tue Lippert, the Site and Commissioning Manager of the Westermost Rough Offshore Windfarm, and Lance Gardner MBE, Chief Executive of the Care Plus Group.
During his address to the Graduates, Tue Lippert said: “Fourteen years ago I was sat where you are, graduating from the Royal Danish Naval Academy while the Fleet Admiral addressed the Graduates. Fourteen years later I cannot remember a word of what he said but I do remember my colleague sitting next to me as he leaned over and said to me ‘Was that supposed to be a pep talk?’ I certainly hope that that I will be more successful today and a few of you will be able to recall some of my points in fourteen years time.
“I will only ask you to remember four things that are pounded into every Navigator and Master Mariner during training; manoeuvre, navigate, communicate and administrate. Those that fail in those four priorities are often running aground, colliding or having accidents.
“My story, if any, shows that there is not necessarily a direct path to getting the right job. Take your time to reflect on your situation and make decisions. This is your life, your job and your chance to make a difference, don’t waste it.”
The ceremonies were compered by Chris Wood and Honorary Fellowships of the Grimsby Institute Group were presented to Eur Ing Philip Jenkinson, the former Chair of the Corporation; Canon Peter Mullins, former Vice Chair of the Corporation and Teresa Thomas, Governor of the Grimsby Institute Group.
An emotional Student Vote of Thanks was delivered by Sarah Chamberlain, an FdEd Learning Support Graduate, who also received the Gill Alton Prize for Outstanding Commitment. Sarah said:
“Principal, Vice Principal, Governors, Distinguished Guests, Academic Staff, Fellow Graduates, Family and Friends, it is with great pride and honour that I stand here today delivering the Vote of Thanks on behalf of all Graduates, by giving a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has taken part in organising the graduation ceremonies.
“This is momentous occasion that allows us to celebrate our triumphs, reflect upon our learning journey and get excited about our future. Three years ago saw the completion of a sensational contemporary new building here at Nuns Corner, which created excitement, opportunity and belief within the town. Many of us who sit here today were the first students to embark on a new exploration of study in this building, the University Centre Grimsby. What a great opportunity I have to say thank you for providing us with this fantastic new facility.
“My experience at the Grimsby Institute has been one of astonishment and wonder. I have been able to accomplish achievement I never believed possible. I am a Dyslexic student who always believed I was not academic. I had low self-esteem and lack of self-belief. I want to now help other young people, just like myself.
“The dedication and support from Tutors and the Learning Support Department has enabled me to produce work I only ever dreamt of. I am still in awe of my achievements but my greatest accomplishment is the self-confidence I now have. So Class of 2014, take your hats and enjoy flipping them today. Why?, because we did it!”
Academic Prize Winners were:
Sarah Chamberlain – FdEd Learning Support
Gill Alton Prize for Outstanding Commitment
Sian Pett – BA (Hons) Health & Social Care Top Up
William Northam Prize for Outstanding Achievement
Daniel Kemp – BA (Hons) Multi-Platform Journalism
Grimsby Telegraph Media Student of the Year
Charlotte Smith – BA (Hons) Professional Writing
Wendy Stubbs Memorial Prize
Terri Spencer – BA (Hons) Professional Writing
Grimsby Institute Student Representative Excellence Award
Casey Baron – BA (Hons) Special Effects Make-up Design for TV, Film and Theatre
William Northam Prize for Excellence
Lena Walton – BA (Hons) Psychological Studies
Grimsby Institute Lifelong Learning Prize for Outstanding Achievement
Luke Sargent – BA (Hons) Business Management
Lenzing Fibers Grimsby Prize for Best Academic Performance
Laura Seward – BA (Hons) Business Management
John Sunley Memorial Prize
You can view all the photographs from our Graduation Ceremonies by clicking on the following links: