Now they're graduates!
Over 200 graduate students complete with academic gowns, threw their hats in the air as they celebrated gaining university degree and other Higher Education awards.
The Somerset College students took part in special award ceremonies held in the morning and afternoon at Temple Methodist Church, Taunton, watched by hundreds of relatives. They then walked in procession with College staff through the town centre, ending at St Mary Magdalene Church for photographs, before going on for celebrations with relatives and staff.
The students were part of a group of 400 who gained university degrees through the College’s partnership with the University of Plymouth, as well as other Higher Education qualifications. These ranged from BA Honours degrees in Fine Art to Higher National Certificates in Construction.
For the first time, Military graduates also attended the ceremony. The five were just some of the 405 Military staff who attained the BTEC foundation and postgraduate degree level qualifications in Leadership and Management, through Somerset College.
All are working full time and a number have seen active service, studying for their qualifications through distance learning and workshops.
Keynote speeches were given by Sheila Wheeler, Leader of Somerset County Council, and Kit Chapman, owner of the Castle Hotel in Taunton.
Caption: Hats off as graduates celebrate.