ON Friday 2nd September over 350 Higher Education students from South Eastern Regional College (SERC) joined together with family and friends to celebrate their efforts and academic achievements at the appropriately themed ‘Transformation’ Graduation at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall.
Ken Webb, Principal and Chief Executive of SERC, commented that the graduation marks an important day in the lives of the hundreds of Higher Education students who have completed their course. He said, “The College has an ethos of inspiring, transforming and enriching the lives of each student who comes through its doors.
“2011 has been a fantastic year for SERC students with Luke Hawthorne being named Northern Ireland’s Apprentice of the Year, Marieanne O’Shea being awarded Essential Skills Learner of the Year and Stuart Millar being selected as a member of the UK WorldSkills team.”
Mr Webb added, “Our culture of excellence has delivered outstanding results. Figures released recently show our quality standards are excellent with a success rate of 91% against a sector average of 60% for Higher Education courses and retention rates of 91% against an 87% average. Our Full Time student enrolments totalled 6,176 in 2010/11, representing a 44% increase over a three year period.
“These figures only serve to reaffirm what we come together to do and that is celebrate the success and achievement of our graduates. I would like to congratulate each graduate, today is a fitting celebration of the hard work and effort given to your studies over the past number of years. I wish you well for your future and hope that your time at SERC will stand by you in your future career.”
Guest speaker for the event was past student Geoff Wilson, Head of Communications and Marketing for the Irish Football Association (IFA). Geoff provided an insight into his career dating back to his education and progression from BT’s graduate scheme to his current post in the IFA. He congratulated the students on their achievements and encouraged them to use this as a stepping stone to a successful career.
For further information on South Eastern Regional College and the courses it offers, visit the website at www.serc.ac.uk or call 0845 600 7555.