Our wonderful students from University Campus Barnsley (UCB) and Barnsley College have been honoured in this year’s Graduation ceremony.

Led by a local brass band, students processed from UCB on Church Street to The Civic with many members of the public and local businesses lining the streets to support the graduands as they processed.

The ceremony, for those students who have completed Higher Education courses at UCB and Barnsley College over the last year, was attended by graduands, their guests and VIPs including senior college staff, Her Worshipful the Mayor of Barnsley Cllr Linda Burgess, the High Sheriff Dr Julie MacDonald and the Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire Mr Andrew Coombe.

Local best-selling author, poet and columnist Milly Johnson gave an inspiring and entertaining keynote speech as she shared her own experiences and gave advice to the 91 graduands about overcoming life’s challenges with self-belief and a determination to succeed.
Lorraine Copley, Dean of University Campus Barnsley congratulated each and every graduand as she presented them to Barnsley College Principal and Chief Executive Christopher Webb and Vice Chair of Governors Paul Jagger to receive their awards.

Lorraine praised the hard work, dedication and resilience shown by everyone graduating and said: “I would like to congratulate all the graduands and wish them well in their chosen careers.”

Student Alan Norcutt, 58, of Pontefract, who studied a Certificate in Education course said: “My return to education as a mature student and graduation day has given me the desire to continue learning. UCB has given me a solid foundation on which I look forward to building upon.”

Ashleigh Kaye, 25, of Hoyland, also studied a Certificate in Education at UCB to enhance her qualifications as a beauty tutor. She said: “Both the campus and the tutors have been incredible, they go over and above what is required of them which has allowed me to achieve better results than I could have possibly hoped for.”