Southern Regional College’s Higher Education graduates celebrated their success with family, friends and College staff at the annual graduation ceremony in the Armagh City Hotel.
Over 650 graduates were conferred with foundation degrees, higher level diplomas and professional qualifications from a range of courses delivered at the College’s campuses, including Portadown.
Brian Doran, chief executive, welcomed the graduates and their family and friends and paid tribute to the work of College staff for providing an excellent learning experience.
Mr Doran stated: “It is an honour to see you all here today, especially those of you for whom this rite of passage represents the culmination of several years of hard work and application. Your presence demonstrates the important role that the Southern Regional College plays in diversifying the higher education system.”
Student of the Year Awards were presented by the Chairman of the Governing Body, Mr Andrew Sanders, to both full-time and part-time Higher Education students who had excelled in their studies.
Hollie Forde from Craigavon was awarded Student of the Year for the School of Hospitality and Tourism. Lecturers commented: “Hollie was a diligent and hardworking student who always gave her best. She embraced every aspect of student life and completed a six-month work placement in Spain which further developed her understanding of the travel business.”
The staff at SRC wish Hollie every success as she progresses to Preston University to complete her BA (Hons) in Travel and Tourism Management.
Ashley Pepper from Portadown, who studied the HND Diploma in General Engineering, was awarded Student of the Year for the School of Engineering and Automotive Studies.
Lecturers said: “Ashley was an exemplary student who worked hard and motivated his classmates. He embraced every aspect of the course.”
Professor James Haughey presented the annual Norbrook Prize of £5,000 to Victoria McKnight from Dromore, Co Down.
If you are interested joining the Higher Education community at Southern Regional College contact 0845 604 0033 or visit www.src.ac.uk