Graduation Ceremony 2018
The church bells rang, the traffic stopped whilst the students processed up Skipton High Street in their caps and gowns. More than 110 Craven College students were awarded a Higher Education qualification during 2017-18. 81% of students completing Craven College Degrees achieved a 2:1 or First Class Honours classification and 54% of students completing Foundation Degrees achieved a Merit or a Distinction. Other students were awarded the prestigious Level 5 Diplomas in Education & Training and AAT qualifications.
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, the bringer of the Tour de France Grand Depart to Yorkshire and creator of its successor the Tour De Yorkshire, was the guest of honour at the Craven College student graduation at Holy Trinity Church on Friday 14 September. He inspired the students in his speech with a resume of his successes and accolades highlighting his respect for the students' academic achievements, particularly as they were awarded in Yorkshire!
Retiring Dean of Higher Education, Jane Rogers added ‘It's been such a joy to see so many students achieving their goals year on year. HE students from the College have gone on to work in local and national businesses or to set up their own business. More importantly, they've made themselves and their families proud!'
Principal Robert Bellfield said in his address, ‘We are proud of the range of Higher Education programmes we are able to offer both here and at Leeds Bradford Airport. We are proud of the standards of teaching at the College and are proud of the feedback we receive from our University Partners and our External Examiners, and we are especially proud of our students and their achievements.'
Rachel Carpenter, from Skipton, who won the Award for Academic Excellence and gave the Student Vote of Thanks is a shining example of how perseverance pays off. Rachel joined Craven College as a level 2 student progressing to Level 3 and has just achieved an excellent first class Young Children's Learning & Development BA (Hons). During her studies, she had three children, worked 4 days a week and supported her wider family, other students in her tutor group and the children in her class during challenging times.
Rachel said ‘I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all the tutors at Craven College. Having taken a 7-year gap from education, with a marriage and three children in between, I returned to find many of the same tutors welcome me with a kind reassurance that I had the capability to succeed.'
Amba Wilkes, from Harrogate, who achieved a first in Business Management for the Service Sector BA (Hons) was awarded The Directors Prize, for consistently achieving high grades throughout her time on the course even though she had 3 months off her studies to have a major surgery.
The Swissport Prize was awarded to Charlotte Kruger, from Harrogate, Air Transport Management BSc for outstanding academic achievement across the 3-year course with an excellent dissertation that was linked directly to her current employment area. She is now embarking on a traineeship with Air Traffic Control.
New developments for Craven College Higher Education for the academic year 2018-19 include a new HNC in Animal Management which will be enhanced by the impressive new Animal Management Centre at the Aireville Campus and looking forward to 2019-20, a new range of HNCs (Higher National Certificate Level 4) in Art Practice, Graphic Design and Photography will be launched to meet the demand for students who wish to study more locally.