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College set to celebrate with final graduation ceremony.
The champagne corks will be popping this Friday, when 383 students graduate from Angus College. What makes the event particularly poignant is that it will be the last Graduation before the College re emerges as part of the new Dundee and Angus College on November the first.
For Principal John Burt, the longest serving principal in Scotland, and Depute Principal Jackie Howie, it will mark the beginning of a new era, as both have chosen different directions away from the education arena. Guest of Honour at the Ceremony will be the long serving Chair of the Angus College Board of Governors, Graham Hay.
Throughout their joint tenure, the College has risen to be one of the most successful and well regarded community colleges in the UK. Over the years the College has repeatedly won awards for its educational provision and consistently received high praise from Education Scotland.
John Burt says, “After 17 years of service as Principal of Angus College I’m delighted that my final formal duty is to recognise the achievements of our student body. Colleges transform lives and I am delighted to celebrate with the students, their friends and families as they embark on the next stage of their studies and careers.”
For Jackie Howie, it marks the end of 27 years of dedication to the College. She says “Throughout my time here I have been privileged to attend many graduation and award ceremonies and each one is very special. It is wonderful to share in the celebration of our student’s achievements and I would like to give my personal congratulations to all graduates and award winners.”
Along with the graduands, nine students have been singled out for the prestigious Cross College Awards, which will be delivered towards the end of the afternoon ceremony. These include Neil Leiper and Noelle Collings from Montrose, Martin Cassidy from Kirriemuir, Nicole Phillip , Martin Crighton, Dede Steele and Tatiana Zorina all from Arbroath, Kirstie Cameron from Dundee and David Allan from Forfar and Rory Collins from Letham.
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