More than 300 graduates toasted their academic achievements with family and friends at Hartpury’s annual graduation ceremony today (October 16th).
Gloucester Cathedral provided the spectacular setting as graduates from Hartpury’s Equine, Animal and Land, Sport and Veterinary Nursing were honoured for the successful completion of their degree programmes.
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. More than 20 trophies and prizes were awarded to students who had demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and commitment to their studies.
Talented rugby player, George Boulton, this year won the coveted Malcolm Wharton Trophy for the best academic performance by an Academy Student. George studied for his degree in Agriculture alongside playing at the highest level as an outside centre for England Students, Hartpury RFC and Hartpury’s university first team.
Since graduating, George has secured a post as a college Agriculture lecturer at Hartpury and is continuing to star for Hartpury RFC in National League One.
This year also saw England and Gloucester Rugby flyer, Jonny May, graduate from Hartpury with a BSc (Hons) in Sports Business Management, but unfortunately, the winger could not attend the ceremony due to his international commitments.
He’s likely to see plenty of another of this year’s graduates at Gloucester Rugby’s Hartpury training base. Thomas Reynolds, graduating from BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching, has secured a senior analyst post at Gloucester Rugby following work experience as part of his course.
Eleanor Harrod, the winner of the Peasebrook Veterinary Centre Trophy for the top Final Year BSc (Hons) Equine Science Student, has also been very busy since graduating. She fought off stiff competition to gain a place on the esteemed British Horseracing Authority Graduate Scheme and has been given a real insight into the racing industry at the top level.
A full list of the prize winners across Equine, Animal and Land, Sport and Veterinary Nursing is below.
Hartpury Principal, Russell Marchant, said: “The commitment and dedication shown by our students and staff 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. They were also celebrating the fact that they have all secured jobs in their chosen profession since graduation and successful formal recognition of our veterinary nurses to work in a number of European member states.
The full list of prize winners at Hartpury College’s graduation ceremony:
The Abbey Business Equipment Trophy for the Top Final Year BA Equine Business Management Student - Lucy PALMER
The Alltech Equestrian Performance Trophy for the Top MSc by Research in Equestrian Performance Student - Abigail NEWMAN
The Badminton Cup for the Top Final Year FdSc Equine Science and Management Student - Lucinda Mary HAYWOOD
The British Dressage Trophy for the Top FdSc Equine Performance Student - Catherine Jane HEMMINGS
The BVA Animal Behaviour and Welfare Foundation Trophy (BSc) for the Top Final Year BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare Student - Clarissa Jayne Lovelace BRAYLEY
The BVA Animal Behaviour and Welfare Foundation Trophy for the Top Final Year FdSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare Student - Kimberley Jane KING
The Cotteswold Naturalists’ Field Club Prize for the final year Animal and Land Student who has undertaken a research project that has made an outstanding contribution to the conservation of the natural environment of the Gloucestershire regions - Kristian Mark DANA
The Dengie Horse Feeds Trophy for the Top BSc (Hons) Equestrian Sports Science Student - Inga Helene REBBENG
The Dodson and Horrell Cup for the Top MSc Equine Science Student -Kathryn LEFRANCOIS
The Eleanor Grundy Prize for the FdSc Equine Science and Management Student who has shown outstanding attention to Horse Welfare and Care - Elizabeth DRENNAN
The European Technology for Business Ltd Trophy for the Top BSc Equine Management Top-up Student - Jessica DAW
The Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Award for Outstanding Commitment to Wildlife Conservation Prize for the student showing the greatest contribution to wildlife conservation - Laura BENFIELD
The Guiting Manor Prize and Raymond Cochrane Memorial Cup for the Top Final Year BSc Agriculture, Conservation and Sustainable Management (Top-up) Student - Rebecca MEREDITH
The Hartpury Scholarship Prize for the top MSc by Research Animal Behaviour and Welfare Student - John Frank GRAINGER
The JD Griffiths Memorial Trophy and Sir Brian Pippard Prize for the Top Final Year BSc (Hons) Animal Science Student - George ANGELL
The Novartis Animal Health UK Trophy for the Top Final Year FdSc Animal Science Student - Fiona BOTT
The Peasebrook Veterinary Centre Trophy for the Top Final Year BSc (Hons) Equine Science Student - Eleanor HARROD
The Sequani Bioveterinary Science Trophy for the Top BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science Student - Zoe MILES
The Tom Pugh Cup and Prize for the Top Rural Land Management Student - Zoe FLETCHER
The BVA Veterinary Nursing Trophy for the Top Final Year FdSc Veterinary Science Student - Florence DALLEY
The Cranlea and Company Trophy for the Top BA (Hons) Sports Business Management Student - Igor FIJALKOWSKI
The Hartpury College Sports Science Trophy for the Top Final Year BSc(Hons) Sports Coaching Student - James Marshall SHIELDS
The Malcolm Wharton Trophy for the best academic performance by an Academy Student - George BOULTON
The Mobilis Trophy for the Top FdA Sports Business Management Student - Reece COMBERBACH
The Raging Bull Cup for the Top Final Year FdSc Sports Coaching Student - Matthew THORNTON
The Robert Hall Business Equipment Trophy and Prize for the Top MSc Coaching Science Student - Ruairidh WINTERS
The Three Counties Equine Hospital Trophy for the Top Final Year BSc(Hons) Veterinary Nursing Science Student - Samantha LANE
The World of James Herriot Ltd. Veterinary Nursing Award for the Veterinary Student who has demonstrated the most improvement throughout their studies -Heather Maria BLAIR