Thursday 15 September saw history being made as the first ever graduation ceremony for students on university courses at Burnley College took place.
Graduates began their historic day with a buffet reception at the campus on Princess Way, before being led in procession by dean of University Studies Peter Mounsey and honoured guests through the town and Charter Walk Shopping Centre, before reaching Burnley Mechanics with their families and friends.
Speaking first, Principal Hugh Bramwell spoke of the importance of Burnley’s contribution to the world, mentioning local world-renowned employers and underlining the shining future each graduate would step into following their graduation.
Chairman of Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and Chairman of E. H. Booths Edwin Booth, one of Lancashire’s most recognisable family businesses, addressed the ceremony with an inspirational and humorous speech encompassing the themes of preparedness, planning, pies and the importance of having a purpose.
I wanted to go to university, but my father said it wouldn’t help me become a grocer. In hindsight, I think it would have helped me very much, from marketing to accountancy to business management. University is useful to everyone. – Edwin Booth
A fantastic speech was also given by Student Governor Michael Floyd, who raised spirits even higher with his notes on potential, achievement, personal pride and of course, jokes about football teams in the area.
Train the next Jessica Ennis. Start your business. Make your community a happy and supportive place to live. Achieve your dreams. – Michael Floyd, Student Governor
Guests and graduates were then treated to a stunning live performance from Alumnus Rebecca Parnell, who is now working in the music industry. Next year, this could be you! Visit www.burnley.ac.uk to find out more.
Source Url: http://www.burnley.ac.uk/uclan-burnley-celebrates-first-burnley-graduation/