Students studying on degree level courses at the University Centre Wigan & Leigh College celebrated their achievements at the annual Higher Education Graduation ceremony.

The event, held at All Saints Parish Church is always a special day in the College’s calendar and students who achieved diploma and degree level qualification in 2019 were invited.

Graduands received their cap and gowns at the College before the traditional procession up Market Street led by Liverpool Scottish Regimental Association Pipes and Drums.

Proud family members and friends eagerly awaited their arrival in a packed church. The joyful procession, not dampened by the bad weather, arrived along with College staff and governors.

Students studying on a wide range of Higher National Certificates, Higher National Diplomas, Foundation Degrees and Top-up Degrees received their awards from Head of Higher Education, Dr Janet Thompson and Chief Executive at Wigan Council, Alison McKenzie-Folan.

Graduands were also addressed by Alison McKenzie-Folan, who gave a key note speech expressing the importance of our graduands’ achievements and shared the council’s ethos and qualities that graduates can adopt in their future careers.

Mum of three, Natasha Bullough from Wigan was celebrating after completing her CIPD Level 7 course. She currently works for Wigan Council in Human Resources.

She said: “I don’t think I would have finished the course without the encouragement and support of the staff. I am really proud to be graduating today.”

College Principal, Anna Dawe said: “All our graduates’ hard work has been worthwhile. There are lots of opportunities in front of them and we are very proud of their achievements.

"I’d like to congratulate every single student who has graduated and wish them a successful future. We hope they enjoyed their celebrations with friends and family.”

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