Students prepare for graduation

HUNDREDS of students are today expected to take part in the first of a series of graduation ceremonies at Suffolk College.Due to take place over two days, the college's six ceremonies mark the completion of higher education degree courses for 1,100 students.

HUNDREDS of students are today expected to take part in the first of a series of graduation ceremonies at Suffolk College.

Due to take place over two days, the college's six ceremonies mark the completion of higher education degree courses for 1,100 students.

Christine Dobson, Suffolk College assistant principal (higher education), said: “These ceremonies are a celebration of the successes of our students. Graduation is an opportunity for families and friends to join us and mark that success.

Christine said the degrees are conferred by the University of East Anglia.

She said: “People have worked very hard to achieve their degrees and this is an opportunity for them to come together with college staff and other guests to celebrate.”

Students will wear formal hat and gowns for the ceremonies.

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Christine said: “There are different colours depending on what subjects they have taken and different amounts of satin depending on what level they have reached.”

The college will also award five honorary degrees, Christine added.

A spokesman for the college said: “Candidates for honorary degrees are chosen for their outstanding contribution in their chosen field and their association with Suffolk.

“The selection process and graduation ceremonies underline Suffolk College's commitment to the community.”

Honorary graduands include: Angela Care-Evans, curator of early Anglo-Saxon artefacts at the British Museum and a key figure in the development of the Sutton Hoo burial site, Christine James (nee Truman), French Open Champion in 1959 and Wimbledon semi-finalist in 1957, 1960 and 1965, David Barclay, former president of the Suffolk Agricultural Association, Simon Loftus, chairman of Adnams brewery and Wine merchants in Southwold, and Rex Garrod, inventor and special effects expert.

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