Ambitious Class of 2019 graduates of University Courses Burnley share their pride with borough

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The community of Burnley came together to celebrate a momentous day in the borough’s proud academic history with the inaugural University Courses Burnley graduation ceremony, held at the Mechanics Institute.

University leaders, civic dignitaries, graduates and their families processed through the centre of town ahead of the ceremony, sharing their pride and joy with residents and illustrating the strength of University education within the borough.

Emma Hurst, Dean of University Education at University Courses Burnley, said:

“Graduation day is a day of huge pride for our ambitious new graduates and marks a milestone in their live. It is the culmination of years of study and commitment and is the start of a whole new chapter for them as they launch successful careers and become future leaders with the drive and innovation to shape their chosen sectors.

 “This year we were proud to celebrate the achievements of our Class of 2019 at University Courses Burnley with our new university partners, Buckinghamshire New University and the University of Bolton, who join the University of Central Lancashire in accrediting degree-level courses taught by industry-expert Lecturers in Burnley.”

Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords and renowned social reform campaigner Baroness Helen Newlove was the guest speaker at this year’s graduation, joining Principal of University Courses Burnley Karen Buchanan and Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate Courtney Dillon in congratulating the new graduates, who have their sights set on shaping industry across the region.

In her speech to a packed auditorium filled with family, friends and colleagues of the graduates, Baroness Newlove, Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, said:

“It is a pleasure to be here in Burnley, a town rich in diverse history and the culture of the people who live, work and study here.

“Industry has been the foundation of this town, making Burnley one of the most prominent mill towns and, at its peak, the largest producer of cotton and a major centre of engineering.  More recently, the town has sought to harness the power of its diverse population through education and innovation.  

“In keeping with the town’s spirit of aiming higher, University Courses Burnley has partnered a number of prestigious Universities to bring premier education to a town which has shown its potential, like the Clarets, in becoming part of the premier league.”

Entertainment during the ceremony was provided by former Burnley College Sixth Form Centre Advanced Level Music student Sean Toms, an accomplished musician and singer, who performed an acoustic version of ‘Wayfaring Stranger’, brought to fame by Johnny Cash and Ed Sheeran. Sean, has spent the summer in New York at a performing arts summer camp, sharing his talent with American teenagers and bringing their skills and knowledge back to his studies.

The graduation ceremony at the Mechanics followed a champagne reception at Burnley College’s £100 million Princess Way Campus, where degree level courses are delivered in an exclusive contemporary learning space for undergraduates with access to industry-standard workshops, laboratories and sporting facilities.

For more information on how you could make a difference through degree-level study in Burnley and start your studies soon, contact 01282 733333 or email s.services@burnley.ac.uk. Our specialist advisors will show how you can harness your ambition and become an industry-shaping future leader.

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