College students graduate

Clair Keith, Cameron Croll and Mariana Rodrigue with Helen Nevens and Angie Otegui
Clair Keith, Cameron Croll and Mariana Rodrigue with Helen Nevens and Angie Otegui

Banff and Buchan College’s 19th Graduation ceremony was held on Saturday, October 5 at the Fraserburgh Campus. 

It recognises the achievements of students who have completed their studies in Higher National Certificate and Diploma courses at the College and at the College outreach centres.

Around 100 graduates attended the event from all three training sectors of the College; Business and the Arts, Engineering Technology and Renewables and Services Industries.

Principal Paul Sherrington opened proceedings and said: “I am delighted to say that 79% of those who started on day one achieved their full qualification – a huge improvement on last year’s figure of 65%.

“In November we are joining forces with Aberdeen College so in the future, students here will graduate from the new North East Scotland College, a bigger stronger and more influential college serving the entire north east.”

Guest Speaker at the ceremony was Aberdeen’s Wheelchair Athlete and Hand Cyclist, Kenny Herriot, who provided a unique insight into how he has overcome catastrophic odds to become a world class athlete.

Fifteen prizes were awarded to Graduates in total.

Chair of the Board, Lynne Macfarlan, closed the ceremony.

Mariana Rodrigues from Peterhead, was awarded the HND Accounting prize sponsored by Score in recognition of all her hard work.

Clair Keith was awarded the HNC Accounting prize for achieving three qualifications through open learning.

Cameron Croll from Longside, was awarded the HNC Engineering Practice prize sponsored by Score in recognition of his commitment and tenacity.

Angie Otegui from Longside was awarded the HNC Mechanical Engineering prize sponsored by Score and Helen Nevens from Peterhead, was awarded the Ede and Ravenscroft prize when she was presented with her HNC Administration and Information Technology certification.