City of Glasgow College stages innovative graduation

Proud family members watched and cheered as a 300-strong academic procession marched down Cathedral Street to celebrate the City of Glasgow College Annual Summer Graduation for Nautical and Engineering students.

The street procession, which was led by two pipers and featured College & Merchant Navy flags, followed a graduation ceremony at the historic Glasgow Cathedral. It is believed that this is the first time a college or university in Glasgow has included a street procession as part of their graduation celebrations and that City of Glasgow College is the only college which has staged graduations at the medieval Cathedral.

Sir Peter Housden, Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government, attended the ceremony as the guest of honour, took part in the procession and delivered a speech. He said: “My sincere congratulations to all of the graduates from the City of Glasgow College. Their hard work and dedication is an inspiration to us all.

“Their achievement reinforces the Government’s commitment to build on the substantial progress in our colleges delivering vocational training to meet the demands of a modern economy.  This week the Scottish Government set out its initial response to Sir Ian Wood and his colleagues’ landmark report on Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce.  These are important further steps toward a system of genuinely world class vocational education and training in Scotland.”

Principal Paul Little also addressed the graduates and their families with a speech, during which he said: “Each and every one of our graduates here tonight has earned their place to become a graduate. They have triumphed over many obstacles and gone on their own particular learning journey. They have worked hard and they have met the high standards demanded of them.”

Principal Little also commented on the college’s world-class teaching and industry-focused curriculum. He said: “City of Glasgow College works hard to ensure all our students leave us with the very best chance of realising their personal goals and academic dreams. Everything that happens in the classroom is designed to meet the needs of our students and the needs of potential employers.”

205 Nautical and Engineering students graduated from the college. To ensure their friends and families would not miss out on watching their special moment if they couldn’t be there in person, the college filmed and streamed the ceremony live on the internet. More than 300 people from all over the world have since tuned in to watch it, with some even using social media to express their appreciation for being able to do so.