Chichester College celebrates successes at graduation ceremony

July 6, 2017

The success of more than seventy Chichester College graduates was celebrated at Chichester Cathedral on Thursday 29 June.

The ceremony recognised the hard work and achievements of students who have completed higher national certificates (HNCs), higher national diplomas (HNDs) or foundation degrees in subjects ranging from animal management to performing arts.

The cathedral was packed with family members, college staff and governors, as well as local dignitaries including the Mayor of Chichester, Peter Evans.

And for the graduating class of 2017, it was an emotional occasion.

Ashlea Piper, graduating with a HNC in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre), said: “It’s exciting to graduate and it has been quite emotional. It’s the end of the road for us here and it’s come around so quickly!”

Emily Johnson, who was awarded with her HND in Music Performance (Jazz) and also received the award for Music Performance (Jazz) student of the year, added: “I’m very happy and overwhelmed! I wasn’t expecting it to be such a big event.

“I feel very happy and very privileged to have studied here.”

Friends Abigail Clue and Kayle Fairman were among the graduates paying tribute to their lecturers after collecting their HNDs in Equine Management – which they studied at the college’s Brinsbury campus.

Abigail said: “The support from everyone has been amazing over the past two years.”

Kayle added: “The lecturers were really, really helpful. They helped me every step of the way.”

This was also reflected across other areas of the college, with Lydia Mark – graduating with a foundation degree in Events & Hospitality Management – echoing their comment: “Lianne (Grogan) and Andy (Ward) were brilliant. If you had a really bad week, you’d come in to college and they’d just brighten up your day. They encouraged us and pushed us forward.”

Classmate Sarah Waddington-Azambuja agreed: “I would not have graduated without them. I think we all think that they are just the best people.”

Chichester College Principal Shelagh Legrave OBE led the ceremony, which started with a procession of college staff and dignitaries.

She said: “It is fantastic to be celebrating the achievements of our new graduates – a happy and emotional day for everyone.

“They have all worked tremendously hard to reach this point.

“They have overcome challenges and shown such dedication, commitment and passion for their chosen subjects. I know I speak for everyone at the college when I say how proud we are of them.

“We now look to their futures and the successes that I’m sure await them – I am very much looking forward to hearing their stories in the years to come.”

Professor Graham Baldwin, Vice-Chancellor at Southampton Solent University and a special guest for the ceremony, presented certificates to the graduates, while a number of special awards, sponsored by local organisations, were also handed out to those who had demonstrated a particular flare or ability during their course, had achieved outstanding grades or had made significant progress.

The following special awards were presented:

  • Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry Award for Business Student of the Year – Holly Moore
  • Hilton Avisford Park Award for Events and Hospitality Management Student of the Year – Lydia Marks
  • Business IT Plus Ltd Award for Computing & Systems Development Student of the Year – Samuel Kemp
  • TopSpec Equine Ltd Award for Equine Management Student of the Year – Paige Jones
  • Chichester College Award for Animal Management Student of the Year – Hollie Cooper
  • Chichester College Award for Performing Arts (Dance) Student of the Year – Chantelle Hammond
  • Chichester College Award for Performing Arts (Acting) Student of the Year – Naima Ozbek
  • Chichester College Award for Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) Student of the Year – Emily Hale
  • Chichester College Award for Music Performance (Jazz) Student of the Year – Emily Johnson
  • Chichester College Award for Creative Media Production Student of the Year – Charlie Paul