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HCFE HE Graduate receiving award

What a brilliant week at College during half-term, celebrating the Graduation of our Higher Education students with 2 ceremonies in partnership with Teesside University, and the first ceremonies of their kind at Hartlepool College of Further Education. The Ceremonies were presented by our Principal, Darren Hankey and Shaun Hope, Assistant Principal  Assistant Principal for Curriculum Standards who was our Master of Ceremonies, with an inspiring address by our Guest of Honour, Simon Hodgson, Pro Vice-Chancellor from Teesside University.  More than 120 students attended over both ceremonies of over 200+ who graduated this year, donning caps and gowns, whilst proud family members, staff and dignitaries smiled, clapped and celebrated too.

Darren, said: “We’re here today at the graduation ceremony for our students who have followed higher education programs with us. Ultimately, it means the world to me to see our graduates getting their robes on today and graduating. Many of the people here will be studying on a part-time basis. Juggling work and family commitments. It makes their achievements and success even more noteworthy. For many of the people graduating today, they will be the first in their families to come to an event like this and I feel that is a significant milestone for their families.I’m extremely proud of our students for their hard work. I’m also pleased to work with the wonderful staff that have helped them achieve this goal. “  

During the two ceremonies, certificates and scrolls were awarded to students who had completed Foundation Degrees, Higher National Certificates (HNC), Higher National Diplomas (HND), BA(Hons) and the PGCE programmes, through the College's higher education partnership with Teesside University.  

HNC HND Graduates

Shaun Hope, Assistant Principal for Curriculum Standards at Hartlepool College of Further Education, said: “It’s great to see the students graduating from their qualifications. Not many people in Hartlepool know that we provide higher education qualifications at the College through Teesside University. Today we’ve seen our students who have progressed through those HNCs and HNDs in areas of engineering and building services as well as foundation degrees and full degrees in Education and Supporting Teaching and Learning and so on. It’s absolutely brilliant to see them smiling, bringing their proud families along and moving on into the world of work after working very hard here.”  

Kimberley Henry, who is graduating from an HND in Aerospace Engineering said: “It means a lot to me because it means I can now progress in my career. I’ve just got an apprenticeship at Babcock International based at RAF Leeming and I’ll now be working on military aircraft which is a great opportunity. Eventually, I hope to progress onto the graduate program and complete my journey in education.”

We captured the day with photos, you can view and download photos from the dedicated Flickr gallery >> or view then over on our official facebook page here >>

From Foundation Degree to Masters Degree, here at Hartlepool College we over the biggest range and variety of Higher Education programmes in Hartlepool, in many areas including: construction, public services, fabrication and welding, aerospace and aeronautical engineering, sports coaching and teaching. Apply today and get your entry to the high life >>

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