The dedication of dozens of students was recognised at a graduation ceremony held in Lynn at the weekend.
Around 70 graduates from the College of West Anglia attended the event at the Corn Exchange on Saturday, following a procession to the venue from the Town Hall, led by the borough Mayor, Elizabeth Watson.
Principal David Pomfret told the students: “Each of you has made the most of what the college has offered you.
“Your hard work and commitment has paid off. Like my colleagues and I, you should be extremely proud of yourselves and what you have achieved.”
The college offers higher education degrees in partnership with the Anglia Ruskin University, whose deputy vice-chancellor, Professor Helen Valentine, attended the ceremony.
More than 400 students currently study courses ranging from equine science to childhood studies.
This year, a total of 124 students have graduated from 19 programmes.
Among the presentations made at the ceremony were the student of the year prizes, awarded to Chloe Webb and Dmitrijs Aleksejevs.
Chloe, 21, of Watlington, has studied at the college for six years, starting as an A-level student before embarking on her degree.
She achieved first class honours in psychosocial teaching and was nominated by her teaching team, who said: “It has been a pleasure and an honour to teach Chloe and we would like to offer her every success in the future.”
She has also undertaken a short teacher training course at the college.
Though younger than many of her other students on the course, Chloe fully contributed to group discussions and seminars and became a popular member of the group, also working closely with first and second year students.
In addition to helping her fellow students with their academic skills, Chloe has also actively organised social events for her group and the teaching team.
When it became apparent that the college was unable to offer a graduation ball this year, Chloe and another member of the group took it upon themselves to organise their own informal event to celebrate everyone’s achievements, with their graduation ball being held on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, Dmitrijs, 28, was recognised after he achieved his ambition of gaining a degree from an English university through the Diploma in Higher Education Business programme.
Having come to Britain from Latvia, he joined the college in 2006, completing a Level 2 business course three years later before embarking on his degree.
Chris Challender, the college’s higher education manager, said: “He has never had an extension, passed all his modules at the first attempt and achieved a very high standard overall.
“We cannot think of a better higher education student who should receive recognition from us for all his hard work and effort.”