Student success celebrated in breath-taking ceremonies

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Proud friends and family members gathered at Truro Cathedral on Friday to celebrate graduates from university-level courses at The Cornwall College Group (TCCG).

The impressive setting played host to two ceremonies that captured the pride and excitement of local and national students who chose to study in Cornwall and Devon.

Overall, there were close to 300 students graduating from nine of TCCG’s campuses across the region, which include Duchy College Rosewarne, Duchy College Stoke Climsland, Bicton College, Falmouth Marine School, as well as Cornwall College campuses in Camborne, Newquay and St Austell.       Successful graduates from Eden Project Learning and the Tournament Golf College were also in attendance.     Principal and chief executive of TCCG, John Evans, congratulated all the graduates and thanked the families, colleagues and friends who supported them through their degrees.  “Securing a degree is already a momentous achievement that anyone should be rightly proud of,” he said.      “The resilience, grit and sheer determination our students have shown, prove they are concluding their time in education and heading out into the world of work with a set of skills like no other.      “I know they all will have a tremendous amount of success with whatever they chose to do next – and as a college, we could not be more proud of them.”      This year’s ceremony marked some important milestones for TCCG, including celebrating the first ever graduates since the Group secured University Centre status. All the ceremonial scrolls handed to graduates were also sealed in wax with the new logo, alongside a seed to plant to grow in memory of their special achievement.     It was also the very first time that a cohort graduated from programmes accredited by The Cornwall College Group and a cohort donned the all new black and gold graduation robes. This is following TCCG being granted their own Foundation Degree Awarding Powers (FDAP).      TCCG’s university provision boasts more than 60 specialist courses in business, agriculture and animals, engineering, horticulture, health, teaching and social sciences, marine, sports, technology, tourism and much more.      The spectacular ceremonies were broadcast live on social media and watched by hundreds.