Bury College University Centre students have celebrated their success after graduating.

They were joined by their family, friends and tutors where proceedings began at the centre before all graduates, donning caps and gowns, took part in a graduation parade which run from Bury town centre to The Met theatre.

Principal Charlie Deane gave a welcome speech at the start of the ceremony.

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As part of the ceremony, an honorary award was presented to the former chair of governors, Peter Nicol. 

Peter was given this award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the community.

Peter was also awarded a British Empire Medal in 2023 for his services to education and has been a much-valued member of the Bury College Board of Governors.

Bury mayor Cllr Sandra Walmsley, who was also in attendance, said: “I was delighted to join the graduation ceremony with Bury College students and staff at the Met theatre.

“The ceremony was very special with students graduating in a large range of subjects.

“Their qualifications are hugely important as they not only aid the students in their chosen career paths, they also widen the skill sets we have locally to help bolster our economy.

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“As a former student graduate of 2017, I can say from personal experience, that Bury College is a great asset for our town.

“Congratulations to all student graduates and best of luck in your next ventures.”

Lily Agate who graduated from her BSc (Hons) in international tourism management is already putting her education to good use.

She is now the regional manager of a Premier Inn hotel.

Lily said: “The whole course was amazing.

“It really helped develop my skills for the industry and enhance my career prospects. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.”

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Vincent Mcguire completed his engineering HNC and is now working within that industry as an apprentice.

He said: "The best thing about the course was the amazing and supportive tutors. They have really helped develop my skills.”

Danielle Fallon studied the sport and exercise science HNC and has now progressed onto the second year where she is studying physical education.

Speaking about her supportive tutors, she added: "They were always there for me and helped me get to this stage. I now can’t wait to progress with my education at UA92.”