Gloucester Cathedral provided the spectacular setting as the sun shone on graduates from Hartpury’s Equine, Animal and Land, Sport and Veterinary Nursing degree programmes on Friday, November 14th.
They were joined by their parents, siblings, Hartpury staff and governors and honoured guests for the ceremony, which celebrated all that they have achieved at Hartpury - an associate faculty of the University of the West of England (UWE).
The awards were conferred by UWE’s Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Ron Ritchie, while more than 20 trophies and prizes were awarded to students who had demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and commitment to their studies.
Talented rugby player, Ben Chan, completed a hat-trick as he picked up his third prize at a Hartpury graduation ceremony.
Last year, the Samoa Under-20s second row collected the Malcolm Wharton Trophy for the best academic performance by an Academy student and the Raging Bull Cup for the top final year Foundation Degree Sports Coaching student. At this year’s ceremony, he received the Hartpury College Sports Science trophy for the top final year Sports Coaching student graduating with a full First Class Honours Degree.
Sebastian Rodwell, who has played for England Students and Italy Under-20s, was the recipient of the Malcolm Wharton Trophy this year. A full list of the prize winners across Equine, Animal and Land, Sport and Veterinary Nursing is below.
Hartpury Principal, Russell Marchant, said: “Ben’s achievement is truly a remarkable one and demonstrates how effectively Hartpury supports elite performers to be the best in their chosen sport as well as to develop academically and as people so they have the best possible chance of doing well in life.
“The commitment and dedication shown by our students and staff across all areas of the college is something I take great pride in. As always, I felt privileged to be able to share in this celebration of their achievements and I would like to congratulate them and wish them all good luck in their careers and further study.
“I would also like to thank all of our prize sponsors, who make it possible for us to reward those students who have truly excelled in their studies.”
At the close of the afternoon ceremony, Hartpury’s Veterinary Nursing graduates made their declaration to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) – a requirement of becoming a registered veterinary nurse with the RCVS.
A gallery of photos from Hartpury’s graduation ceremony is on our Facebook page.