College honours students at ceremony

Anne and John BoggildDudley College celebrated their annual graduation and awards ceremony at The Broadway Campus with over 100 students receiving certificates in Higher National Qualifications and Professional Qualifications.

A packed hall of over 300 family and friends of the graduands were entertained by students who as part of the enrichment programme offered at Dudley College joined together to make a choir and make their debut performance singing a variety of songs. The ceremony began with a warm welcome from Principal Lowell Williams and students were presented with their certificates by the guest of honour Mrs Anita Bhalla OBE DL High Sheriff of West Midlands.

Among the students were 14 special award winners who were given recognition for individual reasons some had exceeded their own expectations, others had combined juggling family commitments alongside their studies others battling illness or coping with disability.

Among the students celebrating were husband and wife Anne and John Boggild from Tipton with Anne completing the HNC Computing and John HNC Business and Management.  John said, "What I have learnt has already been put to good use in my company.  Most importantly I have enjoyed the course immensely and made lots of new friends.  I would like to say a big thank you to Steel and Alloy Processing the company I work for and to Dudley College for what has been a very pleasurable experience.  Anyone thinking about going back to college should do it, it improves not only your educational skills but those that you use throughout your life."

Principal Lowell Williams said, "Most people graduating were people who have studied part-time, alongside their full-time work or bringing up a family.  These are people we need to encourage, and holding events like this show people who are thinking about a change of career that they can achieve their goals."

Dudley College strives to provide first class learning opportunities for their students and this is evident from the calibre of this year's graduates.  We wish them every success as they progress to employment or Further and Higher education.