Annual Graduate Ceremony Honours College Students

Graduate Procession Across Coronation GardensMore than 450 people assembled at Dudley College for the Higher Awards ceremony on Friday 30 November to celebrate the achievements of the college's graduates. The annual graduation event saw 93 students from a range of business, accounting, management, engineering, construction, fashion and public services courses, enjoy a traditional university-style event in recognition of their hard work and achievements.

The event began at the newly-opened Dudley Evolve on Tower Street, where graduates collected their gowns and mortar boards, before they filed across Coronation Gardens to The Great Hall on the college's Broadway campus where the official ceremony took place.

Lowell Williams, Principal at the college explained "We introduced the procession across Coronation Gardens so local people could enjoy this colourful and customary event, as it is quite a spectacle to see. Many people don't realise that the level of the qualifications we offer are equivalent to university courses, and as such, warrant a full graduation ceremony to celebrate and recognise our student's achievements.

"Our higher level courses are often undertaken by people in full-time jobs, and are essential to their career progression. The accomplishment of their course regularly has the added pressure of working and juggling a home life whilst completing their studies, which is not an easy thing to manage. I really admire our graduates for their commitment and wish them all the very best for the future and in their chosen careers."

Paul and Christian OwenThe event was extra-special for the Owen family from Stourbridge, as father, Paul (49), and son, Christian (26), who had both been studying AAT accounting for the last three years, graduated together. Christian, who works at the family-owned accountancy business at Merry Hill, is planning to continue his accountancy studies. Paul enjoyed supporting his son through the course, and although he does not plan to move from his computer programmer job, he will be using his newly acquired qualification to support the family business.

"It was a wonderful moment for the family when Paul and Christian went on stage together to collect their certificates." said proud mum, Deb Owen. "We were impressed that the college was able to help the family celebrate the occasion in such a special way. The event was well organised and it was lovely to see all the students lining the route for the graduate procession."

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