Pictures of cap ‘n’ gowned college students celebrating graduation

It was hats off to Teesside’s clever college graduates as ceremonies to honour their achievements returned.

The graduation event, held on Tuesday at the Grade II listed Kirkleatham Walled Garden, saw former students of Redcar and Cleveland College – and their friends and families – gather to receive their course certificates.

There were caps and gowns aplenty at the special ceremony for students who completed their studies in both 2020 and 2021 as last year’s college graduation was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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“What a fantastic way to finally be able to recognise our students’ remarkable achievements in what has proven to be a challenging two years,” said principal Jason Faulkner.

Both humbled and proud of their determination and achievements, he added: “It’s incredible to see those here today, able to celebrate with friends and family.”

Redcar and Cleveland College works in partnership with Teesside University to offer higher education courses, including HNCs, HNDs, foundation and full honours degrees.

The graduation ceremony saw 76 students celebrating their personal success, amongst them was Redcar and Cleveland College’s programme area lead for sport, public services and service industries, Kelly Coupland who received a BA (Hons) in Education and Training and was valedictory speaker for the class of 2021.

“As teachers we are always trying to encourage people to continue to learn throughout their lives. That is exactly what I have been doing, increasing my knowledge and personal development,” she said.

“This was something I wanted to do for me. It has been both challenging and rewarding.”

Check out our gallery of pictures below.

Valedictory speaker for the class of 2020, Amy Murphy, also celebrated achieving her BA (Hons) in Education and Training. The Redcar mum-of-one, who has achieved her ambition of working as a primary school teacher, said: “Despite the fact that we have waited over a year to graduate, it has been worth the wait.

“It seemed like an impossible goal at first, there were times when it felt like too much of a mountain to climb. But before you know it, you have done it, and here I am!”

The event was one of two graduation ceremonies being held this week by colleges within the Education Training Collective at historic Teesside locations. Stockton Riverside College’s higher education students will graduate at The Globe, Stockton, on Thursday.

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