Border College students graduated watched by around 700 proud family members, friends and special guests in Kelso last Friday.
The 171 students gained their awards at Springwood Park and were among those watching when SRU ambassador and Scottish Rugby legend Chris Paterson was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the college.
College Principal, Liz McIntyre said: “Their (students) success has come about through hard work and a huge amount of dedication on the part of each and every one of our graduates, and I would like to congratulate them all on their achievement.”
She also thanked the collage staff for their “dedication, enthusiasm and encouragement” to students which she said made Borders College “one of the most successful colleges in Scotland”.
She told the audience: “Gaining a qualification in today’s world is not an easy task, many of our students are either full-time students holding down part-time jobs or people who are working full-time and studying part time. Yet another good reason for us to say very well done to all our graduates and prize winners.”
She said Borders College has among the highest levels of further education student success in Scotland. She continued: “Colleges like ours have a significant role to play in the economic development of our region. Maintaining a skilled and qualified workforce is a key element to economic recovery and we again, this year, enrolled large numbers of students, who have seen the opportunity to provide themselves with the edge in a difficult economic environment.
z Best Higher Education Student Award: Sasha Dalby
z Best Further Education Student Award: Jodie Millar and Rebecca Kennedy
z Exceptional Achievement Award – The six finalists who competed for the Albert Roux Scholarship supported by the Border Union Agricultural Society: Paulo Neves, Andrew Thomson, Christopher Mitchell, Lynn Frizzell, Jessica Mead and Ainsley Casson
World-renowned chef Mr Roux was extremely impressed by the skills and working methods of the students, the flavours and presentations of their dishes.
z Superior Performance in a Work Place: Jacqui Laidlaw
z Best Access to Learning Student : Shelly Henderson
z Citizenship Awar: NVQ Level 2 and NVQ Level 3 Hairdressing Students who organised an Hairdressing Showcase event that raised over £700 for charity and also allowed the students to exhibit their talents to local salon owners, friends and family. The very successful event allowed students to develop their team working, organisational and promotional skills along with invaluable citizenship and employability skills.”
z Enterprise Award: Jordan Tracey
z The Stuart Wilkie Memorial Trophy: Damien McDougall
z The Scottish Motor Trade Apprentice of the Year Award was made to Bret Simpson who is employed by Keith Robertson Cars in Earlston.