College students reaped the rewards of years of hard work when they collected their qualifications at an annual graduation ceremony.
It was a day of celebration for 138 graduands from Lynn’s College of West Anglia when the event was held at the Corn Exchange on Saturday.
Proceedings began with the traditional academic procession through Lynn town centre, headed by college principal David Pomfret, and West Norfolk Mayor Colin Manning.
During the ceremony, attended by proud family, friends, college governors and staff, students received qualifications ranging from foundation degrees to bachelor degrees with honours. The titles varied between the arts, humanities and sciences.
Certificates were presented by Mr Pomfret and Professor Michael Thorne, vice chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, who was also the keynote speaker.
Councillor Manning said: “Those graduating today, you’re now educationally empowered for life. A very well done to all of you – staff and students alike.”
Mr Pomfret also praised both students and staff and said: “Today is a day of celebration for you, our graduates.
“It is also a special day for those family members and friends that have been there for you throughout, offering support and maybe a shoulder to cry on.
“I’m sure there were times when some of you felt like giving up and it’s at times like this that family and friends are crucial and they deserve thanks and recognition for the role they have played in your success.”
He added: “Each of you has made the most of what the college has offered you. Your hard work and commitment has paid off and today you are graduating. Like my colleagues and I, you should be extremely proud of yourselves and what you have achieved.”
During the ceremony, the college also celebrated the University Centre West Anglia student of the year award.
This year, the award went to Rachael Castleton, of Lynn, who had achieved a first class honours degree in history and english literature.
At the end of event, the academic procession of college staff, governors, guests and new graduates processed again through the streets of Lynn, where members of the public clapped and congratulated the graduates on their success.
In addition to the annual proceedings, this year saw the addition of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) pledge and declaration ceremony, which took place at the College of West Anglia’s Lynn campus, later that afternoon.
The declaration ceremony was a result of the college receiving accreditation from the RCVS for its degrees in veterinary nursing and applied animal behaviour.