Celebrations for degree students!

Each year, the College invites alumni and graduates to speak at the awards ceremony. This year, Shane Griffiths, co-founder of the creative digital workshop, The Idea Bureau and Fran Bradshaw, Care Manager at Home Instead Senior Care gave inspirational speeches to the graduates and guests. Graduate Diana Trigger, BA (Hons) Health & Social Care Management, gave a vote of thanks by concluding, “The overarching message I will take from my Higher Education experience at Somerset College is that, in order to affect change, we must question, we must challenge, we must be critical and we must apply the tenacity we have all displayed in achieving our degrees to improving the lives of those we work with.”


“The annual Graduation Ceremony is a wonderful event where the efforts of our degree students are recognised and applauded by their peers, friends, tutors and families.” said Mike Robbins, Principal of Bridgwater and Taunton College. “More than 1000 young people now study higher education programmes with us, and this is set to rise as new degree apprenticeships offer technical, professional and vocational routes to higher level study. Our Taunton Centre is widely recognised as a centre of excellence for degree level programmes, and we look forward to establishing a University Centre Somerset in the very near future.”

Rebecca Pow, Member of Parliament for Taunton Deane, who attended the ceremony said, “I was so proud to attend the graduation ceremony for the students graduating in a wide range of subjects including Early Childhood Studies, Health and Social Care Studies, Education, Business, Design and many more. This educational achievement will equip them well for the world of work and I wish them all the best with their futures.”


The College is the largest provider of degrees in Somerset, and Graduation Day saw the Mayor of Taunton Deane, Vivienne Stock-Williams in attendance as the degree students celebrated their hard-won achievements. The guest list also included representatives from Plymouth University, the Open University and Edexcel.


If you’re interested in studying a degree with Bridgwater & Taunton College, the next Open Day is on Saturday 12 November at the Taunton Centre, Wellington Road, between 2pm and 4pm. Come along and view our facilities, meet staff and students and learn more about student life, including accommodation, student finance, student support and becoming part of the Student Union. For more information please click here.