University Centre Farnborough’s latest cohort of students have celebrated their achievements at a dazzling graduation ceremony at Guildford Cathedral.
Over 500 graduates, family, friends, and lecturers attended the headline event of the University Centre calendar to mark the end of their studies from a variety of qualifications.
Presiding over the ceremony was Principal CEO Virginia Barrett OBE, Chair of the Corporation Dr Femi Oduneye, University of Surrey Pro Chancellor Dr Jim Glover, and guest speaker Baroness Floella Benjamin OM DBE DL. Vice Principal Ian Graham served as the orator for award conferment.
Principal CEO Virginia Barrett addressed the congregation with the poem ‘People will Always Need People’ by the late poet Benjamin Zephaniah, before congratulating graduates on their achievements. She said:
“Graduands, today we celebrate not only your academic achievements but also your personal growth and development. You have gained knowledge, skills, and experiences that will serve you well in your future endeavours.
“I welcome you as graduates, to the lifelong communities of the University of Surrey and University Centre Farnborough. As alma mater of these empowering institutions, continue surrounding yourselves with people who support and challenge you to make your lives and the world around you, a better place for all.”
Words of commendation were also delivered by Dr Femi Oduneye and Baroness Floelle Benjamin.
Dr Oduneye said:
“Our world is constantly changing and as an institution, we remain committed to playing our part in positively influencing our learners, the economy and society at large. As graduates of our Outstanding College, you are well placed to achieve the goals you set yourselves and I would like to wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavours.”
Baroness Benjamin gave a motivational speech, highlighting the power that individuals have to do good in the world. She said:
“This is a very symbolic day for you graduands. You have chosen to come to a great college. You have chosen a path. And you have shown the world that you have resilience and that you are worthy because this is why you’re here today, to receive your degree.”
Following the ceremony, celebrations continued at the University Centre campus with a drinks reception where graduates shared their journeys with staff.
Hardeep Pottinger was joined by family while celebrating the completion of BA Honours Degree in Learning Support. Full of joy, she told staff that:
“The day was so special – it’s been such a long journey to get here, studying part-time as a single working mum, it felt amazing to have my children with me to celebrate together. I am now the proud owner of a first-class honours degree and taking my final step into teacher training.”
Holly Ludkin (pictured on the right-hand side) now has a BA Honours Degree in Graphic Design and said:
“This has been my favourite part of the degree and just a perfect way to end this chapter of my life. I now have a job as a junior designer with Alimera and the role allows me to travel across the world to talk to various clients.”
Pramod Gurung is now the proud recipient of a Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting. Reflecting on his time, he told staff:
“I loved being able to share this unforgettable experience with my family and can’t believe it’s over. I currently work as an accountant, but I am in the process of setting up my own Accountancy Firm and am hopeful to open my own office sometime this year.”
University Centre Farnborough specialises in two-year accelerated degrees that are taught in a small and down-to-earth setting. Its degrees are awarded by the University of Surrey and appeal to both mature students and those continuing directly from college. Applications are open to join University Centre Farnborough as a student in 2024. Visit www.farnboroughdegrees.com to find out more and arrange to visit an Open Event.