IN a first for Wigan & Leigh College, this year’s Higher Education ceremony took place at the Parish Church of All Saints in Wigan town centre.
The prestigious ‘cap and gown’ ceremony saw more than 70 graduands from across the subjects of accounting, business, engineering, fashion, health, HR, management and sport.
With qualifications ranging from Foundation Degrees, HNDs and professional courses such as the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI) receive their awards.
They were presented by the Chair of Governors, Elizabeth Shea. Former Wigan and Leigh College student and renowned physicist and author, Professor Jeff Forshaw, presided at the ceremony together with College Principal, Cath Hurst OBE.
Before the ceremony, an official procession of governors, staff and graduands took place from the college’s new £5.4m Professional Studies Building to the church on Crawford Street.
Principal Cath Hurst said: “This is a very special occasion for Wigan & Leigh College as we prepare to say goodbye to our graduands and start them on their new career paths.
“To be able to do this in our brand new Professional Studies Building and then at Wigan Parish Church was fantastic and made it a day to remember for all involved.
“It was also a great honour to be able to share this celebration with the whole of Wigan.
“Graduation ceremonies are a formal celebration of all the hard work put in by our students, and this year is no exception.
“We’ve seen some tremendous efforts from our students, they’ve worked hard to achieve their qualifications and we wish them all the best in the future.”