Hundreds of graduates toasted their academic achievements with family and friends at Gloucester Cathedral today at Hartpury’s graduation ceremony.
Students graduating in the subjects areas of animal, agriculture, sport, equine and veterinary nursing celebrated the successful completion of their University Centre Hartpury degrees on Friday 20 October.
Their parents, siblings, Hartpury staff and governors, as well as honoured guests for the ceremony joined them. More than 20 trophies and prizes were awarded to students who had demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and commitment to their studies.
Jessica Robson was one of those students accepting an award. Her trophy was for the top Sports Coaching degree student. While studying for her degree, Jes was the lead coach for 14-16 year-olds at Gloucester Rowing Club. She took up a job at Eton College, coaching young rowers before moving to King’s School in Canterbury as a graduate rowing coach.
Hartpury Principal Russell Marchant addressed the students on the day, congratulating them on their achievements. He said: “I feel privileged to be able to share in this celebration of our students’ achievements and I ‘d like to congratulate them and wish them all good luck for their futures.”
At the close of the afternoon ceremony, Hartpury’s Veterinary Nursing graduates made their declaration to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). This was a requirement for them to become a registered veterinary nurse with the RCVS. They were also celebrating the fact that all of them are using their qualifications in their chosen profession or for further study.
Graduate Yazmin Nicette, who now works for Young Gloucestershire and was back at Hartpury for a recent visit, also picked up a prize on the day. After winning one for her undergraduate degree, she now has one for her masters study as the top Professional Development (Coaching Science) student.
Yazmin’s visit to Hartpury aimed to show a group of 16-24 year-olds who are not in employment, education or training what skills are required to work in different roles at the institution. It’s part of the Young Gloucestershire personal development plan that she is currently helping them work on.