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Sir Michael Morpurgo, OBE, joins 小蓝视频 University Centre graduates

Last weekend saw the 16th annual graduation ceremony for University Centre 小蓝视频 students, who received their degree-level qualifications to huge applause from family, friends, employers and 小蓝视频 staff.

Dr Caroline Chipperfield, Director for Higher Education welcomed everyone, saying 鈥淚t is such a joy to celebrate with you, our graduates, friends, family, guests, college and University Centre staff. We are truly honoured to be able to welcome Sir Michael into our University Centre family鈥. Victoria Squire, Academic Partnership Manager for the University of Plymouth also welcomed graduates, saying 鈥淚 want to emphasise how proud we all are of your achievements 鈥 you, our graduates and those also that have supported you throughout your time here, your success is why we are here, and these ceremonies are the highlights of the year. Today we celebrate both the success of the group of students in front of us, and the partnership between 小蓝视频 and the University of Plymouth鈥.

Nearly 100 graduates from our degree-level programmes attended the ceremony at The Queen鈥檚 Theatre in Barnstaple on Saturday, alongside esteemed faculty and local dignitaries, including guest speaker Peter Morrish, alumnus of the college, Chair of the Northern Devon Economy, Innovation and Skills group, and Manager at local business – CMTG. He addressed the students, saying 鈥淚 hold 小蓝视频 close to my heart. It played a vital role in kickstarting my career. Three decades ago, the prospect of studying for a degree in North Devon was a distant dream. However, thanks to the advancements and dedication of 小蓝视频, that dream is now a reality for many, through what I believe is a hidden gem in the College鈥檚 University Centre鈥.聽

Sir Michael Morpurgo OBE, author, poet, playwright, librettist and philanthropist, best known for his children鈥檚 novels War Horse and The Butterfly Lion among others, received the honorary degree award. He said: 鈥淚t鈥檚 such a welcome honour to receive an honorary degree from 小蓝视频. I鈥檝e lived for the last 50 years in deepest Devonshire. We made Iddesleigh our home. So when 小蓝视频, the distinguished and local university centre, contacted me about this, I was doubly thrilled. We set up Farms for City Children 50 years ago in Devon. I鈥檝e written almost all of my 150 books in Devon. I鈥檝e set dozens of them here. So it means a great deal to me to be honoured this way鈥.

Graduate, Rhiannon Stone was presented with the 2023 University of Plymouth Best Overall Student Award. Rhiannon graduated from our HNC Construction programme after working tirelessly on her studies and in employment, overcoming personal challenges and supporting the college on panel events along the way.聽

Dr Sean Mackney, 小蓝视频 Principal and CEO closed proceedings, saying: 鈥淎s a 小蓝视频 student you have been encouraged to work hard, to do your best and to challenge yourself intellectually, personally and socially. You have adapted to independent study, working with your lecturers, employers and peers to learn and develop skills that will position you to succeed in our increasingly complex and global society. We are very proud of you, as you should be of yourselves. Historically, our alumni go on to enhance their communities, create new businesses, take care of their neighbours and make a difference to their families. You are champions for higher education, champions for the College and champions for positive change. Congratulations Class of 2023!鈥

A huge congratulations to our University Centre Class of 2023, this is only the beginning for you and from everyone at 小蓝视频, we look forward to seeing you go on to excel in your chosen fields.聽

The University Centre 小蓝视频 offers a wide range of degree programmes in partnership with the University of Plymouth and a number of professional validating bodies. Over the last thirty years, 4000+ graduates have gone on to further study and/or employment.

Published

07 November 2023

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Students, College news, Higher Education, Awards

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