2008 Graduation cermony hat throwing

Record breaking Graduates

Record breaking Graduates at Somerset College set a new level for the number of Firsts awarded at their Graduation Ceremony on Friday 24 October.

Nineteen students received the highest award available from the University of Plymouth - who validate all of Somerset College's degree courses - which surpasses the previous record of thirteen set in 2004.

112 students took BA (Hons) courses last year including programmes in Fine Art, Interior Textiles and Surface Design and Business Administration. The course with the highest amount of First Class honours was BA (Hons) Graphic Design with seven top awards.

Principal at Somerset College, Rachel Davies, said: ‘This is truly a record breaking year! I am so proud of all our graduates. Their achievements highlight the strength of degree courses offered at Somerset College.

‘Graduates are now showcasing their skills in employment, with many working for national businesses, or companies that are highly regarded in their industry.'

Twenty one students also received Distinctions for their Foundation Degrees, which equals the previous best from 2007.

Rachel said: ‘The tutors have worked tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that students meet their full potential, and without their help these stunning results wouldn't have been achievable.'

More than 350 Graduates who studied their Foundation Degree, BA (Hons) and Higher National Certificates received their award from Professor Mary Watkins, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Plymouth, during two ceremonies.

BA (Hons) Fashion Graduate, Mia Puzey, said at the graduation ceremony: ‘I was very pleased to receive a First. I still can't really believe it, but when I think back to all of the very late nights and early mornings I spent sticking down design boards, unpicking garments, getting ready for presentations and everything else, it makes it all worth it.'

Other awards were given out including the University of Plymouth Partner Colleges Faculty Student of the Year Award, which was awarded to BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Management graduate Anne Edwards.

Both ceremonies had the traditional procession of academic staff proceeding into the church resplendent in their academic robes, and all the graduating students wore traditional graduation robes in the University of Plymouth's unique orange and blue colours, and mortar boards.

Chris Bishop, Chairman of the Board, and Professor Sir David Melville, Chairman of Lifelong Learning UK, addressed both ceremonies.

To find out more about university courses offered at Somerset College visit the University Courses Open Day being held on Thursday 6 November from 9am - 5:15pm.