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News: Grad­u­a­tion is just the begin­ning for our uni­ver­si­ty-lev­el students

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More than 800 people attended Nottingham College’s Higher Education (HE) Graduation Ceremony on Monday 18 November at the atmospheric Royal Concert Hall. They gathered together to celebrate the achievements and academic success of nearly 200 university-level course graduates.

Fam­i­ly, friends and Col­lege staff joined the grad­u­at­ing stu­dents for the cer­e­mo­ny. Spe­cial guests includ­ed the Lord May­or of Not­ting­ham, Coun­cil­lor Rose­mary Healy; and the Chair­man of Not­ting­hamshire Coun­ty Coun­cil, Coun­cil­lor Kevin Rostance.

Among the grad­u­ates was 27-year-old Jade Carter, from Rise Park. The BA (Hons) Art and Design (Fash­ion) grad­u­ate has cysti­nosis, a rare con­di­tion which affects only around 2000 peo­ple in the world. It leaves her feel­ing very poor­ly on a reg­u­lar basis. Jade not only picked up a fac­ul­ty award on the day, but was also named Grad­u­ate of the Year for Out­stand­ing Achievement.

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Jade Carter with her award

I feel quite over­whelmed, it doesn’t feel real. My tutors encour­aged me to be myself and they were just amaz­ing. They’ve allowed me to achieve every­thing I have. 

 — Jade Carter

Despite hav­ing to deal with her health issues, includ­ing being on and off dial­y­sis, Jade not only kept up with her work, but also used her cre­ative tal­ents to cre­ate acces­si­ble cloth­ing for oth­ers going through sim­i­lar expe­ri­ences. While on her Foun­da­tion Degree in Fash­ion, Jade devel­oped her own range of mod­ern cloth­ing aimed at young peo­ple going through dialysis.

A year lat­er, she’s now com­plet­ed her BA qual­i­fi­ca­tion and reg­is­tered her own new busi­ness, We Are Able Ltd., with plans to devel­op a range of acces­si­ble loungewear next year. 

I want my clothes to be suit­able for every­one. I’m work­ing with my part­ner Jay to devel­op my web­site and we’ve got an Insta­gram account too. 

 — Jade Carter

It was a dou­ble win for fash­ion, as the Grad­u­ate of the Year Award for Aca­d­e­m­ic Excel­lence went to Jade’s course­mate Sarah Gotheridge. As well as achiev­ing a high first class degree, the 46-year-old from Mick­leover has earned a place rep­re­sent­ing the UK in the pres­ti­gious SDC (Soci­ety of Dyers and Colourists) Inter­na­tion­al Design Com­pe­ti­tion in Chi­na lat­er this month.

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Sarah Gotheridge

It’s dou­bly amaz­ing to be an award win­ner on grad­u­a­tion day, and I’m incred­i­bly grate­ful to my tutors for the help and sup­port they have giv­en me. Every time I had a wob­ble or a prob­lem they were there to sup­port me. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I have. 

 — Sarah Gotheridge

Many of their fel­low stu­dents also won spe­cial fac­ul­ty awards to recog­nise their extra efforts and suc­cess­es. Here are just a few pho­tos cap­tur­ing the day of cel­e­brat­ing all of our grad­u­at­ing class of 2019.

Our grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mo­ny marks the begin­ning of a new chap­ter in the lives of our uni­ver­si­ty-lev­el stu­dents. They have put in huge amounts of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion, and it’s a real­ly momen­tous day for them, along with their Lec­tur­ers, friends and fam­i­lies who have sup­port­ed them throughout. 

Watch­ing the class of 2019 grow while they’ve been with us has been a priv­i­lege. Some are now con­tin­u­ing in edu­ca­tion, and oth­ers are embark­ing on their careers with the skills and knowl­edge they’ve gained here at the Col­lege. All of them are tak­ing Not­ting­ham Col­lege out into the wider world with them, and that’s some­thing we’re very proud of. 

John van de Laarschot — Not­ting­ham Col­lege Chief Executive

Cur­rent Not­ting­ham Col­lege Foun­da­tion Degree Hos­pi­tal­i­ty Man­age­ment stu­dents also sup­port­ed the event, gain­ing valu­able expe­ri­ence of a live event and help­ing the day run smoothly.

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  • 19th November 2019 (4:20 PM)
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