An exceptional year for Bury College University Centre students saw 95 learners graduate with 6 Distinctions and a high proportion of First Class Honours Degrees.
Graduates were honoured at the prestigious ceremony which was held at the Met Theatre in Bury. Proud staff, tutors, families, friends and supporters celebrated the success of the graduates as they now look forward to the next stage of their careers.
Students from across Bury College University Centre were receiving certificates in FdA Early Years and Childhood Studies, FdSc Design in Media Make-up, Certificate in Education 14+, Professional Graduate in Education 14+, BA (Hons) Professional Development in Teaching Assistants (Top up) and BA (Hons) Professional Development in Early Years (Top up), Hairdressing Management FdA, BA (Hons) Hairdressing Management Top Up, BA (Hons) Beauty Management Top up, Working with Children and Families BA (Hons), Teaching Assistants FdA, International Tourism Management BSc, Diploma of Higher Education in International Tourism Management and FdSc Sports Science and Coaching.
Prior to the ceremony, graduates and the platform party took part in a graduation parade. This started from the Bury College Enterprise Centre, which houses many of the university programmes, and finished at the Met Theatre. This parade, which was led by an engaging band performance by Mr. Wilson’s Second Liners, delighted members of the general public who were passing by, with many stopping to congratulate the graduates. Graduates and their families were then invited for a drinks reception and canapés to toast their achievements.
During the graduation ceremony, the first Bury College University Centre Honorary Award was presented to Sergeant Abed Hussain from Greater Manchester Police, a significant accolade which celebrates an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Bury. The Sergeant was recognised for actively working as a community champion and leading on initiatives to bring different faiths together.
The ceremony included an initial welcome from Charlie Deane, Principal and Chief Executive of Bury College, a keynote address from Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) of the University of Cumbria and Richard Thomas, Assistant Vice Chancellor at the University of Bolton. The ceremony concluded by inviting graduates to take part in the official hat throwing. Bury College Curriculum Directors were also on hand to help with the presentation of certificates.
Celebrating achieving a First Class Honours Degree in BA Hons Beauty Management Top Up was 21-year-old Fiona Stanistreet. Fiona started her career at Bury College in 2013 studying for a Beauty Diploma. Identifying both a passion and a talent for the subject, Fiona chose to move onto Bury College University Centre. Fiona will now go on to complete a Teaching qualification at Bury College University Centre where she will fulfil her lifelong career dream of becoming a teacher.
Fiona said, “I am ecstatic to be graduating with a First Class Honours Degree and I am so proud of myself for what I have achieved. I have received a high level of support from tutors at Bury College University Centre and I am excited to start my teaching qualification at the University Centre in September.”
Also achieving a First Class Honours Degree was ambitious Michelle Zabel. The 27 year old was delighted to complete the BA (Hons) Professional Development in Early Years Top-up and will now work towards becoming an Assessor. Michelle said, “I am very happy to be graduating and the support from my tutors enabled me to achieve the grade I did. The course was fantastic and it was great that we were able study around working fulltime.”