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Air and Defence College students graduate at virtual ceremony

June 24 2020

Lincoln College’s Air and Defence College (A&DC) graduation took place ‘virtually’ this week, with the first ever live-streamed ceremony.

A total of 72 excited students and proud parents were addressed by guest of honour, Air Commodore Suraya Marshall.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, the event, which took place at RAF Cranwell last year, was held on Zoom, with graduates and their families attending online.

Lincoln students were joined by graduates from other Air & Defence Colleges at Stamford College and the College of West Anglia.

Air Commodore Suraya Marshall said: “The Air and Defence College is one of the key ways that the Royal Air Force College is seeking to inspire and attract talent into a Service that truly reflects the society we serve. 

“I was delighted to be part of this occasion and wish all graduating students every success in their future careers either in the Royal Air Force or the defence industry.”

Mark Locking, Managing Director for Education and Training Delivery at Lincoln College, added: “The Air and Defence College is an excellent place to study and the success of our graduates really supports this.

“We’re training people for exciting and stimulating careers and it’s really rewarding to hear about their stories and their achievements.”

The Air and Defence College at Lincoln was the first of its kind in the country training students up for roles within the RAF and the wider defence sector.

The graduation also included awards presented to students in categories including Best Female; Best Male; and Students’ Student award.

Group Captain Paul McClurg, Group Captain Training, praised the achievements of students. 

“In what have been extremely challenging and extraordinary times facing us all, the virtual graduation was the most suitable mechanism to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the students of the Air and Defence Colleges at Lincoln, Kings Lynn and Stamford. 

“My sincere thanks go out to all of the teaching staff, at each of the Colleges, and the RAF personnel and units who continue to support the A&DC, playing a pivotal role in developing and preparing these young people for their future careers.”

For more details of the Air and Defence College at Lincoln College, visit, Air and Defence College, email or call 030 030 32435. 

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